Two Hawkeyes Invited to Participate in Final Four Activities

March 29, 2006

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Senior forward Greg Brunner and senior guard Jeff Horner will take part in activities in Indianapolis this week as part of the Final Four.

Horner is one of eight players who will compete Thursday evening in the Dell/College Basketball 3-Point Shooting contest. Activities begin at 7 p.m. ET at Hinkle Fieldhouse on the Butler University campus. ESPN will televise the event on a tape-delayed basis, beginning Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.

Brunner will compete in the annual National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-Star game Friday night, as a team of college seniors meets the Harlem Globetrotters. Game time is 7:30 p.m. ET at Conseco Fieldhouse. The contest will be televised by ESPNU on a tape-delayed basis Friday evening, beginning at 11 p.m. ET.

Brunner and Horner completed their careers by helping the Hawkeyes post a 25-9 record this past season. Iowa placed second in the Big Ten regular season standings before winning the Big Ten Tournament title with three straight wins in Indianapolis.

Brunner, a native of Charles City, led the Hawkeyes in scoring (14.1) and rebounding (9.2) while shooting 45.4% from the field and 69.5% from the free throw line. Brunner collected 990 rebounds to become Iowa’s career leader. He led the Big Ten in rebounding as a senior. In career statistics, he also ranks sixth in blocked shots (104) and free throw attempts (566), ninth in field goals (553) and 10th in scoring (1,516).

Brunner earned first team all-Big Ten honors and was also a member of the all-Tournament team after helping Iowa win the league tournament. He also earned third team academic all-America honors and joined Horner in earning academic all-Big Ten recognition.

A native of Mason City, Horner concluded his career as Iowa’s all-time leader in assists (612), three-point field goals (262) and three-point attempts (713). Horner scored 1,502 career points and is the only Hawkeye player ever to surpass 1,000 points, 600 assists and 500 rebounds in a career.

Horner, as a senior, averaged 13.6 points, 5.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. He earned third team all-Big Ten honors and was named Most Outstanding Player in the Big Ten Tournament after leading the Hawkeyes to the tournament title.

“This is a great reward for Jeff and Greg for their success this season,” said Iowa Coach Steve Alford. “Being selected for the coaches all-star game is a highlight for any senior. It’s a chance for Greg to showcase his skills while playing with some of the top seniors in the nation. The three-point contest should be a great experience for Jeff as well. They are both very deserving of the recognition.”