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Christopher Michael Street (February 2, 1972 – January 19, 1993) was an American college basketball player. He played as a power forward for the Iowa Hawkeyes from 1990 to 1993. A potential NBA player, he died in an automobile accident during his junior year at Iowa.

Chris Street
Chris Street.jpg
Street in 1993
Personal information
Born(1972-02-02)February 2, 1972
Iowa
DiedJanuary 19, 1993(1993-01-19) (aged 20)
Iowa City, Iowa
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolIndianola (Indianola, Iowa)
CollegeIowa (1990–1993)
PositionPower forward
Career highlights and awards

BiographyEdit

Along with basketball, Street also excelled in baseball and football during high school. He moved with his family to Indianola, Iowa in the fall of 1987 and starred on the town's Class 4A team at Indianola High School. Street committed to play basketball at the University of Iowa as a junior in high school.[1]

Street played in 28 games as a freshman and averaged 5.0 ppg, and 5.1 rebounds. As a sophomore, he averaged 10.6 ppg,and 8.2 rebounds. In the first 15 games of the 1992–93 season Street averaged 14.5 ppg and 9.5 rebounds.[2] In his final game he scored 14 points and collected 8 rebounds and extended his record of made free throws to 34, in a 65-56 loss to Duke. In that game his 33rd and 34th consecutive free throws set an Iowa school record.[3]

On January 19, 1993, following a team dinner at the Highlander Inn outside of Iowa City, Street was killed when he drove his car onto the highway and collided with a snow plow. His girlfriend, Kim Vinton, was a passenger and survived the accident but was treated at a local hospital for a punctured lung and separated shoulder. The basketball game scheduled against Northwestern the following night was postponed.

LegacyEdit

When Chris Street died, Iowa Hawkeye Men's Basketball Coach Tom Davis said "Chris represented all that is good about the Midwest and the state of Iowa. He was open, caring, honest, loving and lived life to the fullest every day."[4]

Chris Street's number 40 was retired by the University of Iowa's Men's Basketball team at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on February 6, 1993. No other Hawkeye numbers have been retired since.[5] At the end of each season, the Chris Street Award is given to the Hawkeye player or players who best exemplify the spirit, enthusiasm, and intensity of Chris Street.[6] When it was announced that the award was created shortly after Street's death in 1993, Iowa Coach Tom Davis said "We want to remember everything Chris represented. He was one of the greatest Hawkeyes of all time."[7]

On February 25, 2018, Iowa Hawkeye guard Jordan Bohannon purposely missed a free throw against the Northwestern Wildcats that would have broken Street's school record, instead tying it with 34 consecutive made free throws. After the game Bohannon spoke with reporters and said, "That's not my record to have. That record deserves to stay in his name."[8]

Street is buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Indianola, Iowa beneath a monument that says "Son * Brother * Grandson * Friend * Cousin * Nephew * Hero".[9]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1990–91 Iowa 28 .500 .500 .647 5.1 1.1 1.0 .2 5.1
1991–92 Iowa 30 30 27.0 .564 .357 .681 8.2 1.8 1.1 .4 10.6
1992–93 Iowa 15 .574 .222 .892 9.5 1.3 .6 .9 14.5
Career 73 30 27.0 .553 .313 .732 7.3 1.4 1.0 .4 9.3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-01. Retrieved 2012-05-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-01. Retrieved 2012-05-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/329257-chris-street-a-hawkeye-through-and-through
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-01. Retrieved 2012-05-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/329257-chris-street-a-hawkeye-through-and-through
  6. ^ http://thegazette.com/2012/04/24/matt-gatens-earns-chris-street-award-named-iowas-top-defender/
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-01. Retrieved 2012-05-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Young, Ryan (2018-02-25). "Iowa point guard intentionally misses free throw to preserve fallen player's record". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  9. ^ http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=28870734&PIpi=13341256