Iowa native Jordan Bohannon becomes Hawkeyes' all-time assists leader
With a pass to Joe Wieskamp on Sunday, Jordan Bohannon picked up career assist No. 613, tops in Iowa men's basketball history.
The senior from Linn-Mar passed Jeff Horner, one of the favorite Hawkeye players of his childhood.
Bohannon was at the top of the key and fed the ball to Wieskamp to his left for a 3-pointer that made history.
Bohannon also holds the Iowa mark for career 3-point baskets, at 343 and counting.
The assist record came late in the first half of a pivotal Big Ten Conference game between No. 12 Iowa (17-7, 11-6 in league play) and No. 5 Ohio State (18-6, 12-6) at Value City Arena.
For Bohannon, the assist was further validation that he has transformed into an elite point guard, something that had been questioned when he came out of Linn-Mar High School as a 6-footer with 25-foot range on his jump shot.
It has been a transformation, Bohannon acknowledged earlier in the week, starting with his freshman season at Iowa and his first assist to then-star guard Peter Jok.
“I didn’t really see myself as a point guard as a kid. I was just a great shooter,” Bohannon said.
“I’ve always prided myself in being a really great leader on the floor, trying to be as vocal as possible and getting the guys in the right spots,” he added.
Horner, a native of Mason City who starred for the Hawkeyes from 2002-06, said the record was meaningful to him, but he also realized it would one day be broken. He said he was happy Bohannon was the one to do it.
“The assist record meant a lot because it meant that my teammates were the ones who benefited from it,” Horner told the Register this week.
“It’s good to see an Iowa kid that bleeds black and gold get that record."
Iowa men's basketball career assist leaders (entering Thursday)
- Jordan Bohannon 613
- Jeff Horner 612
- Andre Woolridge 575
- Dean Oliver 561
- Mike Gesell 557
How Jordan Bohannon has distributed his 613 assists
- Luka Garza 110
- Tyler Cook 100
- Isaiah Moss 92
- Joe Wieskamp 58
- Cordell Pemsl 43
- Nicholas Baer 40
- Peter Jok 38
- Ryan Kriener 35
- Jack Nunge 18
- Ahmad Wagner 17
- CJ Fredrick 15
- Maishe Dailey 13
- Connor McCaffery 11
- Brady Ellingson 9
- Keegan Murray 4
- Dom Uhl 3
- Joe Toussaint 2
- Patrick McCaffery 2
- Christian Williams 1
- Charlie Rose 1
- Bakari Evelyn 1
Mark Emmert covers the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Register. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-339-7367. Follow him on Twitter at @MarkEmmert.