Prominent Iowa State Cyclones Who Played in the NBA

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Zaid Abdul-Aziz
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A managing partner with Markmel Co., Mark Allen Hanrahan has over 25 years of experience in real estate investing. A resident of Iowa, Mark Allen Hanrahan actively supports the Iowa State Cyclones athletic teams.

To date, 29 former Iowa State basketball players have played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Below are three of the most prominent players.

1. Zaid Abdul-Aziz: The fifth overall pick in the 1968 NBA Draft, Abdul-Aziz played 10 seasons in the league, mostly with the Houston Rockets and Seattle Supersonics. He retired following the 1977-78 season with a career average of nine points and eight rebounds per game.

2. Kelvin Cato: A first-round pick by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1997 NBA Draft, Cato was immediately traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, where he spent the first two seasons of his 10-year career. He was later traded by Portland to the Houston Rockets in a deal involving Scottie Pippen.

3. Jeff Hornacek: A 14-year NBA veteran, Hornacek was drafted 46th overall by the Phoenix Suns in 1986. The 6-foot-3 guard is a one-time NBA All-Star and averaged 14.5 points, 4.9 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game over his career.

The Career of Chicago Bears Legend Walter Payton

 

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Walter Payton
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The recipient of an MBA with an emphasis in finance from Drake University, Mark Allen Hanrahan is a Chartered Financial Analyst who serves as a managing partner with Markmel Co., where he focuses on venture capital and real estate investments. Outside of his professional endeavors, Mark Allen Hanrahan is an avid fan of the National Football League’s (NFL) Chicago Bears.

No player in Bears history has been as dominant as running back Walter Payton. In fact, despite retiring in 1987, Payton remains Chicago’s all-time rushing leader with 16,726 career yards. For comparison sake, Matt Forte is second all-time with 8,602 yards. Payton recorded a franchise-best 110 rushing touchdowns, 65 more than Forte and 59 better than Neal Anderson, who is second in franchise history.

Payton was drafted by the Bears with the fourth overall pick in the 1975 NFL draft and played his entire 13-year career with the team. He was named league MVP in 1977 after recording a career-high 1,852 rushing yards and a league-best 14 rushing touchdowns. Payton was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, and passed away in 1999 at the age of 45.

Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala to Host Venture Capital Summit

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Venture Capital Summit
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The recipient of a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa and a master of business administration with an emphasis in finance from Drake University, Mark Allen Hanrahan has over 25 years of experience in real estate investing. In recent years, serving as a managing partner with Markmel Co., Mark Allen Hanrahan has focused on venture capital transactions.

The Golden State Warriors recently won its second National Basketball Association (NBA) championship in three years, but rather than relaxing through the offseason, a pair of its players are seeking success in venture capital. On Monday, June 19, Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala announced they will be hosting The Players Technology Summit at an undisclosed venue in San Francisco from August 14 to 16.

The summit is sponsored by Bloomberg and will aim to enlighten professional athletes in investing opportunities off the court. It will include panel discussions with high-profile tech CEOs, venture capitalists, and other professional athletes with experience in venture capital. Iguodala, in partnership with the NBA players union, spearheaded a tech summit last year, while prominent athletes such as Kobe Bryant and Serena Williams have recently invested in venture capital firms and promising tech startups in Silicon Valley.

Bears Draft Potential Franchise Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky

 

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Mitchell Trubisky
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A certified public accountant and chartered financial analyst, Mark Allen Hanrahan leverages over 25 years of investment experience as a managing partner for Markmel Co. When he isn’t closing real estate transactions or studying local and global markets, Mark Allen Hanrahan enjoys following his favorite National Football League (NFL) team, the Chicago Bears.

After failing to make the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, the Bears decided to release veteran quarterback Jay Cutler, who had been with the team the previous eight seasons. The team seemed to find a long-term replacement in Mike Glennon, who was signed to a three-year, $43.5 million contract, but Chicago added further intrigue to its quarterback plans at the 2017 NFL Draft. The Bears made a trade with the San Francisco 49ers, moving up from third to second overall to select quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

In three seasons with the University of North Carolina, Trubisky recorded 41 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, while accumulating 4,762 yards passing. After serving as the team’s backup quarterback in 2014 and 2015, he impressed as a starter in 2016, finishing 10th in the NCAA in passing yards with 3,748 and seventh in pass completions with 304.