IOWA CITY, Iowa – If you drove the lane against Iowa in the early 1990s, you dealt with Acie Earl. And often times, he sent your shot right back to you free of charge.
The shot-blocker from Moline (IL) High won Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors as a junior and still holds the school record for career blocked shots (365). He was more than a one trick pony, however.
His 1,779 points rank third all-time on the school leader board behind only Roy Marble and Aaron White. His 811 rebounds put him seventh in Hawkeye history.
The Boston Celtics drafted Earl in the first round and 19th overall in the 1993 NBA Draft. He and Ricky Davis, who went 21st in ’98, were the only Iowa first-round picks since ’90.
We caught up with Earl for our latest Hawkeye History podcast, during which he talked about what he’s doing these days and his time at Iowa, including playing for Dr. Tom Davis and his friendship with the late Chris Street. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices