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Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register.

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Video: Rick Brown breaks down Iowa basketball recruits

[ 0 ] May 20, 2014

Big Ten basketball team-by-team capsules

[ 0 ] May 20, 2014

ILLINOIS 2013-14 RECORD: 20-15 overall, 7-11 Big Ten (T 8th). STARTERS GONE (0). STARTERS RETURNING (5): Nnanna Egwu. 6-11 C (6.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg); Tracy Abrams, 6-2 G (10.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg); Malcom Hill, 6-6 G (4.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg); Rayvonte Rice, 6-4 G (15.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg); Kendrick Nunn, 6-3 G (6.2 ppg, 1.7 […]

Big Ten hoops: Who will rise? Who will fall? What about Iowa?

[ 0 ] May 20, 2014

College basketball’s spring signing period ends today, but the free-agent market remains open for business. As Indiana coach Tom Crean told Iowa’s Fran McCaffery several weeks ago on the recruiting trail, “It’s early.” Binding letters of intent will no longer be binding after today, but players will continue to come and go. Division I transfers […]

Former Hawkeye Oliver has a new coaching job

[ 0 ] May 15, 2014

Former Iowa point guard Dean Oliver has been hired as an assistant basketball coach at Illinois State. Oliver spent the previous three seasons at North Dakota, where he worked for former Northern Iowa player and Iowa assistant coach Brian Jones. Oliver, an all-state guard at Mason City, is No. 10 on Iowa’s career scoring list […]

Ferentz’s NFL Draft clout continues to gather steam

[ 0 ] May 14, 2014

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz spent part of his Tuesday writing notes to recruits. Each message included three letters: N-F-L. Ferentz has seen 55 of his players selected in the NFL Draft in his 15 seasons as Iowa coach, including three last week. “We certainly sell that,” Ferentz said before an appearance at the Boone-Story […]

Rick Brown: Crucial Hawkeyes recruiting class gets another upgrade

[ 0 ] May 12, 2014

When junior college forward Willie Atwood announced last month that he’d be continuing his college basketball career at Arizona State and not Iowa, Hawkeye coach Fran McCaffery had already turned the page. “I like going into this (2015) class with scholarships,” McCaffery said. The class of 2015 is an important one for McCaffery, and the […]

Rick Brown: Big Ten’s eastern swing painful to some, but makes sense

[ 0 ] May 7, 2014

Horace Greeley favored westward expansion. His advice to struggling Americans looking for new opportunity in the 1860s was to “go west, young man.” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is also searching for new opportunity. And he’s looking in the opposite direction. It started with the addition of Penn State to the Midwest power conference in […]

Marble takes his game to L.A. to prepare for draft

[ 0 ] May 6, 2014

Black No. 4 Iowa basketball jerseys hang on a rack at the Sports Page, an Altoona sporting goods store. NCAA rules don’t allow names on the back of college jerseys that are sold to the public. Not that it’s much of a secret who No. 4 was. Devyn Marble wore that number for four seasons […]

McCaffery supports Big Ten tournament move to D.C.

[ 0 ] May 6, 2014

The Big Ten is fast-breaking its way to the east, and creating a footprint that is growing larger by the day. The conference announced Tuesday it will hold the 2017 men’s Big Ten Basketball Tournament at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The first 17 tournaments were held in Chicago, Ill., or Indianapolis, Ind. “I […]

Is Big Ten hoops tourney heading to East Coast?

[ 0 ] May 5, 2014

The Big Ten Conference’s next move to enhance its East Coast presence is coming Tuesday. The league has called a noon press conference at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., where it is expected to announce that the 2017 men’s Big Ten Basketball Tournament will be played in that 20-000-seat facility. The 2015 tournament is […]