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.