Keegan Murray will be the 34th Iowa basketball player to play in the NBA. Who are the others?

Adam Hensley
Hawk Central

Keegan Murray made history during the 2022 NBA Draft, becoming the highest-drafted Hawkeye in program history when the Sacramento Kings selected the forward No. 4 overall.

Murray was the first Iowa basketball player selected in the first round since the Charlotte Hornets drafted Ricky Davis in 1998.

"It's a dream come true," Murray told ESPN after his selection. "For me, it's about leading the future of the Iowa program. I think this is the first step in doing that."

Murray is set to be the 34th Hawkeye to play in the NBA. Here's a look at the other Iowa basketball players who've spent time in the league.

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Iowa basketball players who played in the 2021-22 NBA season

Three former Hawkeyes played in the most recent NBA season: Luka Garza,Joe Wieskamp and Tyler Cook.

Out of the trio, Garza had the most success, appearing in 32 games and starting five. He averaged 5.8 points per game and grabbed 3.1 rebounds per contest. The 2021 National college player of the year shot 32.7% from 3-point range and score 20 points in three games this season. Garza even logged a 20-point, 14-rebound performance against the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 1. He was named to the NBA G League All-Rookie Team and the All-NBA G League Third Team, averaging 20.4 points and 9.4 rebounds in 16 games.

Wieskamp, meanwhile, appeared in 29 games with the San Antonio Spurs. He averaged 2.1 points per game and shot 32.6% from 3-point range. He scored a career-high 13 points against the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 4.

Cook, entering his fourth year in the NBA, appeared in 20 games for the Chicago Bulls, averaging 3.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. He started five contests.

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List of former Iowa basketball players who've played in the NBA

Here's a look at every former Hawkeye to appear in an NBA game, ordered by their most recent playing year.

Tyler Cook (2020-2022)

Joe Wieskamp (2021-2022)

Luka Garza (2021-2022)

Jarrod Uthoff (2017-2020)

Devyn Marble (2017-2020)

Reggie Evans(2003-2015)

Ricky Davis (1999-2010)

Ryan Bowen (2000-2010)

Jared Reiner (2005-2007)

Dean Oliver (2002-2003)

Guy Rucker (2003)

Matt Bullard (1991-2002)

B.J. Armstrong (1990-2000)

Brad Lohaus (1988-1998)

Kevin Gamble (1988-1997)

Acie Earl (1994-1997)

Roy Marble (1990-1994)

Bob Hansen (1984-1992)

Les Jepsen (1991-1992)

Greg Stokes (1986-1990)

Ed Horton (1990-1990)

Bill Jones (1989-1989)

Ronnie Lester (1981-1986)

Fred Brown (1972-1984)

John Johnson (1971-1982)

Kevin Kunnert (1974-1982)

Bill Mayfield (1981-1981)

Don Nelson (1963-1976)

George Peeples (1968-1973)

Sam Williams (1969-1970)

Dave Gunther (1963-1963)

Noble Jorgensen (1947-1953)

Murray Wier (1950-1950)

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Out of that list, two names stand out.

Don Nelson is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach. He was a three-time NBA Coach of the Year. As a player, Nelson won five NBA titles with the Boston Celtics, who retired his No. 19 jersey.

B.J. Armstrong, one of the primary point guards on the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls, averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 assists during his professional career. Armstrong won three titles in Chicago and was featured in ESPN's "The Last Dance" documentary.

Who was the last Iowa basketball player taken in the first round of the NBA Draft?

Before Murray went fourth overall in the 2022 NBA Draft, it had been a while since a Hawkeye was taken in the first round.

24 years, to be exact.

As mentioned earlier, Davis was the last first-round selection out of Iowa City. He appeared in 736 NBA games from 1998-2010, averaging 13.5 points in his career.

In total, there have been nine Hawkeyes selected in the first round of the NBA draft.

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Which Hawkeye was drafted the highest?

Murray earned this honor in the 2022 NBA Draft, but before him, it was Fred Brown in 1971. The Seattle Supersonics drafted him with the sixth overall pick that year. Additionally, John Johnson went No. 7 in 1970 and Ronnie Lester went No. 10 in 1980.

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Adam Hensley is a digital producer with the USA Today Network. You can follow him on Twitter @A_Hens83 or reach him at