For this edition of the Hawk Blog, I take on a topic that has been debated on the HN.com message boards.
At the time, I argued that that notion was folly, as these two players, regardless of their post-season resumes, have already turned in Hawkeye careers that are worthy of note.
Thankfully, the NCAA monkey is off of their backs, and we can now look at their Hawkeye careers without the caveat that they are the ‘Ernie Banks' of Hawkeye athletics. They are in the dance, so let the praise flow, I say.
Jeff Horner, if he stays healthy, is going to score 1,500 points (he has 1,083 before Thursday's game) and he has a great shot at topping 600 assists. Iowa's career assist record is 575. Horner is sitting on 442 as of today. That is 133 to break the career record for assists, a total that Horner has eclipsed in two of his three Hawkeye seasons. With Brunner and Adam Haluska back next year, Horner is a near cinch to top Andre Woolridge's career record.
I don't have the Big Ten records in front of me, but I can't imagine there having been many conference players, if any, to top 1,500 points and 600 assists in a career. I can almost guarantee that no player has scored 1,500 points, dished out 600 assists and gone for more than 500 rebounds, but Horner has a realistic shot at hitting all three of those marks. That is pretty amazing.
Horner should also leave Iowa as the all time leader in made three-point baskets (he currently has 190 and the record is 226) and attempts.
Greg Brunner, who was called a wasted scholarship by some Iowa fans a few years back, has a realistic shot at 1,500 points and more than 914 rebounds. The 914 number is significant as that is the mark for rebounds in a career at Iowa, currently held by Kevin Kunnert.
Brunner also has a realistic shot at finishing his Iowa career 4th in blocked shots.
I sure as heck hope that some people who were saying that the accomplishments of these two players would not have meant as much without an NCAA bid on their resume stand and take notice at how their career numbers stack up at present, and how they project to stand up after their careers are finished.
Is Horner the fastest or quickest guard ever at Iowa? No. Is Brunner the meanest power forward to put on the Iowa jersey? No.
But don't take them for granted and don't begin to think that they are a dime a dozen; these two Iowa born and bred Hawkeyes are a pair of aces.