A Hawkeye Lost too Soon: Remembering Chris Street

By mitchsmith

January 19, 1993  — A sad day in Iowa Hawkeye history.

Today marks the 18-year anniversary of the tragic death of former Iowa basketball player Chris Street.

Returning to campus after a team meal, the 6-8 junior forward was killed after his car crashed into a snow plow. He was 20-years-old.

“Chris represented all that is good about the Midwest and the state of Iowa,” then-Iowa head coach Tom Davis said on Jan. 21, 1993. “He was open, caring, honest, loving and lived life to the fullest everyday.”

Described as the emotional leaders of the team, Street was a fan favorite amongst Hawkeye basketball fans. The Indianola, Iowa, native committed to play for Iowa as a high school sophomore.

Chris Street was Iowa. Even in death, he donned the Black and Gold — buried in his gold Iowa jersey and black warmup jacket. He was a Hawkeye through and through, and millions of Iowans claimed him as their native son.

Street led the Hawkeyes in rebounds in 1992, averaging 8.2 boards per game. He still holds the Iowa free throw record, making 34 consecutive free throws during a six-game stretch in 1993.

The Hawkeyes were 15 games into the 1993 season when Street died. He was averaging 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in those 15  contests. Street had one of his most memorable performances in what would be his final game. He scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds on the national stage in a loss to Duke.

The ’93 Hawkeyes honored their fallen teammate by rallying to defeat Michigan State, 96-90, in their first game without Street.

The school paid tribute to Street and his family by retiring his No. 40 jersey on Feb. 6, 1993 before the Hawkeye’s home contest against Indiana.

Although he is gone, he is certainly not forgotten. Iowa fans will never forget Street’s tenacity on the court and his friendliness off of it.

RIP Chris Street

Feb. 2, 1972 — Jan 19, 1993


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