From the archives: Here's why Jordan Bohannon signed his shoes and left them on the Hilton Coliseum court
Editor's note: This story was originally published in December 2019. The 2020 Cy-Hawk men's basketball game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday.
AMES, Ia. — Jordan Bohannon has left his figurative footprints on the Cy-Hawk men's basketball rivalry.
Bohannon got the idea Wednesday night, about 24 hours before Iowa’s 84-68 win against Iowa State.
That, if (when?) the Hawkeyes won, he would leave a signed pair of his game shoes on the floor of Hilton Coliseum.
And that’s exactly what he did.
“To ISU: Thanks for Memz.” He added his initials and his jersey No. 3.
“I won’t be back in this place,” Bohannon said after scoring 12 points as the Hawkeyes broke an eight-game Hilton losing streak that dates to 2003. “That’s something Iowa fans can hold onto for a little bit.”
Bohannon got the idea about the shoes because it was something that teammate Ryan Kriener said former Iowa State guard Monte Morris planned to do in Iowa City back in 2016. But the Hawkeyes won that game, and Morris didn’t get to follow through.
Bohannon was prompted to send something back to Ames after being needled by former Cyclone Georges Niang on Twitter, saying good-naturedly that “this ain’t carver, Hilton doesn’t let little boys in!!”
Bohannon responded by tweeting he would have a present for Niang after the game. “May the best team win!” Bohannon wrote.
He asked one of his older brothers if the gesture would be classless, but he got the OK.
And he followed through.
All in the fun of a Cy-Hawk rivalry, he said.
“Hopefully (Niang) respects us a little more after tonight,” Bohannon said. “That was just something to get them riled up.
"I’m always about trolling. I’m always about getting stuff stirred up.”