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    Does anyone remember Hercle Ivy?

    I believe ISU had a player named Hercle Ivy back in the 70's when I first started following ISU. I think he was a guard, high scoring, could do anything. I always wondered what happened to him. Does anyone have any info?



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    Re: Does anyone remember Hercle Ivy?

    Don't know what he is doing now, but he was back for the 100th anniversary of ISU BB alumni game a few years back. He was elected to the All Century Team.

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    Re: Does anyone remember Hercle Ivy?

    I think he still lives down in St. Louis but he is one of my all time favorite Cyclones.


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    Re: Does anyone remember Hercle Ivy?

    If memory serves me he never met a shot he didn't like. Good news is he was a pretty good shot.



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    Re: Does anyone remember Hercle Ivy?

    Hilton was basically empty in those days. He would yell to his fellow players "give me the ball, give me the ball"



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    Re: Does anyone remember Hercle Ivy?

    My dad remembers him. I wasn't alive yet. If that makes you feel old.



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    Re: Does anyone remember Hercle Ivy?

    big hair! taking shots as he came out of the dressing room, good player



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    Re: Does anyone remember Hercle Ivy?

    I guess this does date me a little bit but I don't feel old. big hair was common in those days. Does anybody know if he played overseas?



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    Re: Does anyone remember Hercle Ivy?

    Hercle Ivy played during my era at Iowa State, teaming up with power forward Art Johnson. Hercle was a no defense shoot every time I touch it kind of player, but could make a high percentage of his shots. He played before the 3 point shot. If he played today, his average would be that much higher since a far percentage of his field goals woulld have been 3's. Unfortunately the two listed above pretty much made up most of the talent on those teams, and I don't know that either was the greatest "team" player. Cyclone basketball is much more enjoyable to watch under Fred.



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    Re: Does anyone remember Hercle Ivy?

    I liked Art Johnson because he was from Indianapolis, where I spent quite a bit of time. He was a JC transfer I think. I remember running on the upstairs State Gym track all the time and one time the team was practicing there and for whatever reason they didn't kick anyone out. The thing that stuck in my mind was that about every other sentence out of Ken Trickey's mouth was "Get the ball to Hercle!!".


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    Re: Does anyone remember Hercle Ivy?

    My father used to have season tickets during Hercle's time. My dad liked Hercle, but he was fond of saying "You could always tell when Hercle was going to shoot. It was whenever he touched the ball."



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    Re: Does anyone remember Hercle Ivy?

    Quote Originally Posted by wesley_w View Post
    I liked Art Johnson because he was from Indianapolis, where I spent quite a bit of time. He was a JC transfer I think. I remember running on the upstairs State Gym track all the time and one time the team was practicing there and for whatever reason they didn't kick anyone out. The thing that stuck in my mind was that about every other sentence out of Ken Trickey's mouth was "Get the ball to Hercle!!".
    I wasn't really aware of ISU BB at the time but from what I have heard, you named the problem.


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    Re: Does anyone remember Hercle Ivy?

    Art Johnson dominated an all white Oklahoma team during a game at Hilton.
    The throng of 300 (3000 announced) was going nuts.

    I think that was during a 4 win season.



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    Re: Does anyone remember Hercle Ivy?

    Wasn't there a 24 second shot clock back then? I vaugely remember it never getting below 15 with Hercle on offense.



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    Re: Does anyone remember Hercle Ivy?

    That was an era when the few students who went to the games would bring their books with them.

    What I remember about Ivy was seeing him running back on defense with his index finger pointed high in the air after hitting a shot......and we were down by 30.



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