University of Iowa Athletics

#20 Payton Sandfort

Height 6-7
Weight 215 lbs.
Class Sr.
Hometown Waukee, Iowa
High School Waukee
Payton Sandfort - Men's Basketball - University of Iowa Athletics

Hawk Items – Has scored in double figures in 47 career games with 18 20-point contests… currently ranks 46th all-time in program history with 1,067 career points… has made 187 3-point field goals, which ranks ninth in program history… currently has an 89.8 career free throw percentage, which is tops in program history.

2023-24 Honors — Third-team All-Big Ten (media, coaches)… Big Ten Player of the Week (March 4)… Rady Children’s Invitational All-Tournament team… co-recipient of the team’s Top Rebounder and Academic Excellence Awards… CSC Second-Team Academic All-American… CSC Academic All-District… Academic All-Big Ten… Dean’s List honoree during fall semester. 2023-24 –– Started all 34 games, averaging 30.5 minutes… averaged 16.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.7 3-point field goals… led team in scoring, 3-pointers and was second in assists (91) and rebounds (224)… led the Big Ten and ranked 34th nationally with 94 3-point field goals… 94 3-pointers are the most by a junior in program history and the third-most in a single season all-time… was second in league in free throw percentage (.911), third in 3-point percentage (.379), eighth in scoring/points (16.4/556), 11th in double-doubles (5), 12th in field goal percentage (.446), 13th in field goals (180) and 15th in free throws (102)… 91.1 free throw percentage tied Iowa’s single-season record… was one of four players nationally averaging 16 points, six rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 3-pointers and just the second Big Ten player since 1992-93 (Denzel Valentine, Michigan State)… reached double figures in 27 games with a team-high 11 20-point contests… made one 3-point field goal in 29 games, two or more in 27 games, three or more in 17 games, four or more in 12 games and five or more in six contests… had seven or more rebounds in 18 games, including five 10+ rebound contests… had four or more assists in eight games… finished with five double-doubles, tied for the most on the team… recorded the first triple-double in program history, finishing with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and three blocks against Penn State (2/27)… it was one of two triple-doubles in the Big Ten during the year and the first 25-10-10-3 game by a Division I player since Dwyane Wade (Marquette) in 2003… went 18-of-19 from the free throw stripe in the game — the most makes and attempts since 2016-17 — including making a school record 16 consecutive free throws… scored in double figures in 13 of final 15 games with eight 20-point contests, averaging 19.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists during the stretch… scored a career-high 30 points, making 9-of-14 field goals, including a career-best seven 3-pointers in NIT First Round win over Kansas State (3/19)… also grabbed 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double… the 30 point outburst was one point off the NIT school record… the seven 3-pointers tied the mark for most 3s in an NIT game and were the 10th-most in a single game in program history… he scored 11 of the first 13 points, 17 of 22 in the first eight minutes and 22 in the first half against the Wildcats… scored 26 points in back-to-back games at Michigan (1/27) and at Indiana (1/30)… went 10-fo-14 from the floor and 6-of-8 from 3 in Ann Arbor and 7-of-16 from the floor with five 3s in Bloomington… tallied his first career double-double against Alabama State (11/10), finishing with 17 points and 12 rebounds… finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds vs. UMBC (12/20), 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists vs. Nebraska (1/12)… became the 54th Hawkeye to join the 1,000 point mark in the regular season finale against Illinois (3/10)… letterwinner.

2022-23 Honors – Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year… CSC Academic All-District… Big Ten Distinguished Scholar… Academic All-Big Ten… fall and spring semester Dean’s List honoree. 2022-23 – One of two Hawkeyes to play all 33 games… started seven contests… averaged 10.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game… his 59 3-pointers were second on the team and sixth most by a sophomore in program history… netted double figures 14 times, including topping 20 points six times… made multiple 3-pointers in 16 games, including four or more in five contests… missed only eight free throws (51-of-59, .864)… instrumental in a pair of overtime victories over the state of Michigan… scored 24 of his career-best 26 points in the second half and overtime against the Wolverines… netted Iowa’s final seven points of regulation (63 seconds) in the Michigan game, including a four-point play with 20 seconds left to force overtime… registered 22 points, sinking a career-high six 3-pointers, including a game-tying triple with three seconds left to force overtime against Michigan State… was a team-best +18 in home win over Northwestern, scoring 20 points, bolstered by making 5-of-7 from long distance… led all players with a +21 in home victory over Illinois… letterwinner.

2021-22 Honors — Co-winner of the team’s Newcomer of the Year Award… spring semester Dean’s List honoree. 2021-22 — Competed in 34-of-36 games… his 34 3-pointers made were fourth most on the team and are the eighth most ever by a Hawkeye freshman… missed only one free throw attempt (15-of-16, .938)… tallied double figures in scoring seven times… averaged five points per game… poured in a season-high 21 points, bolstered by sinking five 3-pointers, in victory over Alabama State… made 6-of-10 (.600) from long distance in Iowa’s four games at the Big Ten Tournament, including sinking both attempts in the championship game versus #9 Purdue… sank a combined ten 3-pointers in back-to-back games (Alabama State; Western Michigan)… pulled down a season-best eight rebounds in win at Nebraska… letterwinner.

High School — Iowa Basketball Coaches Association 4A Player of the Year as a senior… McDonald’s All-American nominee in 2021… averaged 16.6 points (56% FG; 49% 3-pt), 7.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists his senior season… averaged 19.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 4.0 assists his junior season… two-time team captain… shot at a 45 percent clip from 3-point range his sophomore and junior seasons… two-time first-team All-State (Des Moines Register and Iowa Newspaper Writers Association)… All-Elite Team in 2021… first-team all-conference, State All-Tournament Team, and All Substate Team honoree as a junior… led Waukee High School to a State championship as a senior… led team to a conference and substate championship, and State tournament runner-up finish as a junior… member of the Waukee 2018 and 2019 conference and substate championship team that also placed third at the Iowa State tournament both seasons… competed on Kingdom Hoops AAU team in 2020, averaging 21 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists… starter on the Waukee Golf Team that won the 2020 state and district championship… individual runner-up at the district tournament, shooting an even-par 71… National Honor Society member… three-time All-Academic Award (Central Iowa Metro League)… Powerlife Leader for Lutheran Church of Hope middle school students the last three years.

Personal — Born July 12, 2002… parents are Brian and Gretchen Sandfort… has two younger siblings, Pryce and Piper… father played basketball at Hastings College… mother played basketball at Simpson College… high school coach was Justin Ohl… AAU coach was Tim Lubke… majoring in finance.

Points: 30 vs. Kansas State, 3/19/24
Rebounds: 12, 2X, last vs. Kansas State, 3/19/24
FGM: 10 at Michigan, 1/27/24
FGA: 19 vs. Illinois, 3/10/24
3-pt FG: 7 vs. Kansas State, 3/19/24
3-pt FGA: 13 vs. Illinois, 3/10/24
FTM: 18 vs. Penn State, 2/27/24
FTA: 19 vs. Penn State, 2/27/24
Assists: 10 vs. Penn State, 2/27/24
Steals: 3 vs. Minnesota, 2/11/24
Blocks: 3 vs. Penn State, 2/27/24
Minutes: 38:27 at Michigan State, 2/20/24

Hawkeye Great Carl Cain Passes
Payton Sandfort Returning for Senior Season
Big Ten Single and Double Plays Announced for 2024-25
Sandfort Named CSC Second-Team Academic All-American
Patrick McCaffery Receives Chris Street Award
Sandfort Declares for NBA Draft; Maintains Eligibility
Sandfort Named CSC Academic All-District Selection
Freeman Named B1G Freshman of the Year; 5 Hawkeyes Honored
McCausland, Speraw Selected to IHSAA Hall of Fame
Payton Sandfort Named B1G Player of the Week
Sandfort Named to Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Preseason Watch List
Payton Sandfort Signs With Hawkeyes