The big news from yesterday's game was Iowa earning a Top-5 win and toppling #4 Ohio State for their biggest victory of the season. But the second-biggest news from yesterday's game was Jordan Bohannon becoming Iowa's career leader in assists.
The previous record-holder was Jeff Horner, who dished out 612 assists for Iowa in the early from 2003-06. After his five assists yesterday, Bohannon is up to 615 assists for his career. This is the second notable career record broken by an Iowa player in the last few weeks after Luka Garza became Iowa's all-time leading scorer just over a week ago.
Bohannon assisted Luka Garza on the basket that helped Garza become Iowa's all-time leading scorer and there would have been some nice symmetry in seeing Garza score off the pass that made Bohannon the all-time assist leader. Alas, it didn't quite work that way -- Joe Wieskamp scored the basket on Bohannon's record-breaking assist.
Mark Emmert of The Des Moines Register had a very nice breakdown of all of Bohannon's 610 assists prior to the Ohio State game last week (he's up to 615 total after yesterday's game). The player who's scored off the most Bohannon assists? Luka Garza, unsurprisingly, with 111 buckets from Bohannon passes (including two more from yesterday). He's only a few ahead of Tyler Cook, who scored off 100 passes from Bohannon.
Luka Garza isn't the only Hawkeye breaking school records this year.— Hawk Central (@hawkcentral) February 28, 2021
With his dish to Joe Wieskamp a few minutes before halftime, Bohannon became the all-time assist leader in program history. https://t.co/CcYAvbtL1x
Of course, the career assist record isn't the only Iowa career record that Bohannon has taken from Jeff Horner. Horner was also Iowa's all-time leader in made 3-point field goals with 262. Bohannon has since shattered that record. He moved past Horner at the end of his junior season and he's tacked on a further 80 made 3s over the past two seasons, bringing his career total to 344 and counting. It's going to take one hell of a three-point shooter to surpass that total.
Between Garza and Bohannon, this senior class is one that's definitely made an impressive mark on the Iowa record books. Plenty of things go into setting career records, but three of the biggest are probably availability, consistency, and excellence. It usually takes a player that can play big minutes from the very beginning (which means there aren't better, more experienced players in place in the lineup) and a player that stays at a school for several seasons. That fits Garza and Bohannon to a T.
Garza has started at Iowa from Day One and Bohannon has been a regular starter since moving into the starting lineup early in his freshman season. Bohannon's also been remarkably consistent as a passer during his Iowa career, averaging between 3.3 and 5.4 assists per game during his five seasons at Iowa. His two most prolific assisting years were his freshman and sophomore campaigns, when he had 175 assists (5.1 per game) as a freshman and 178 assists (5.4 per game) as a sophomore. That dipped to 118 assists (3.3 per game) as a junior, but is back up to 112 assists (4.5 per game) so far as a senior. For his career Bohannon has averaged 4.5 assists per game, which is a very strong total -- only a few Iowa players historically have had better averages than that (Andre Woolridge at 5.9 per game, Horner at 5.0 per game, and Ronnie Lester at 4.8 per game).
Bohannon's been a very productive player at Iowa for over four years now, particularly when it comes to three-point shooting and dealing out assists. Not bad for a guy who was something of an afterthought as a recruit and whose ability to play point guard in the Big Ten was regularly doubted. Congratulations on one hell of a career, JBo.