Four Former Hawks On NBA Rosters

IOWA CITY, IA - - Four former University of Iowa men's basketball players are on active rosters as the National Basketball Association (NBA) opens the 2002-03 season. Those players include Ricky Davis, Cleveland, Ryan Bowen, Denver, Dean Oliver, Golden State, and Reggie Evans, Seattle.

Davis, a Davenport native who played just one season at Iowa, is in his fifth season in the NBA. He started seven exhibition games for Cleveland, averaging 16.7 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Davis was originally drafted by Charlotte and also played for the Miami Heat before finding his recent success in Cleveland.

Bowen, a native of Ft. Madison, is in his fourth season in the NBA, all with the Denver Nuggets. Bowen has been a popular player in Denver, known for his all-out hustle and defensive efforts. He played in six pre-season games, with three starts, and averaged 1.5 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and two steals per game. After being drafted by Denver, Bowen played one season in Turkey before joining the Nuggets.

A Mason City native, Oliver is in his second season with Golden State. Oliver played in 20 games during his rookie season and played in six of eight pre-season games this year. Oliver averaged 3.3 points and 1.7 assists during the pre-season in earning a spot on the active roster.

Evans is in his rookie season in Seattle after signing a free agent contract, and is listed as a probable starter for opening night. Evans played in eight pre-season games, earning three starts. Evans averaged 4.8 points and 5.8 rebounds during the pre-season. The native of Pensacola, FL led the Big Ten in rebounding in each of his two seasons at Iowa, twice earning all-America honorable mention honors.

Evans, who wore No. 32 in his two seasons at Iowa, is wearing No. 34 in Seattle. Former Iowa player Fred Brown wore No. 32 during his NBA career with the Supersonics and Seattle has since retired Brown's number.

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