THE MONDAY TIPOFF: Kingsbury Finds Right Fit In His Father’s Program

By John Bohnenkamp

The number and the name provided a familiar combination.

Walking into Iowa’s men’s basketball media day and seeing a jersey with KINGSBURY and the number 14 was like walking into a time warp.

Chris Kingsbury wore the number 14 during his career at Iowa, a three-season run from 1994-96 in which he made 226 3-pointers, fourth most in program history.

His son, Carter, is wearing the same number as a walk-on this season, and he appreciates his father’s history.

“It’s cool being part of something that he was part of back then,” Carter said.

Carter is, like his father, a scorer — he was the all-time leading scorer at Ponca (Neb.) High School with 1,771 points and was the school’s all-time leader with 236 3-pointers.

“It’s fairly similar to my dad’s,” Carter said when asked to describe his game. “I’m 6-4, and I’m bigger built than most guards. So, using my size and strength against guards is something I like to do. And 3-point shooting, something he was great at and known for here, that’s something I try to do.”

His dad’s best advice?

“He says if you’re not shooting great, keep shooting,” Carter said. “Shooters shoot.”

Despite Carter’s numbers, he wasn’t highly recruited in high school. He had shoulder surgery after his junior year — something, he said, that affected his recruiting.

“I didn’t have that last AAU summer,” Carter said.

Carter graduated from Ponca and spent a season at Brewster Academy, a prep school in New Hampshire. He averaged 21.3 points and seven rebounds, and had a scholarship offer from American University as well as from Division II schools.

“With the pandemic, recruiting was hard,” he said.

Carter had some walk-on offers, but got his chance at Iowa after his father had spoken with Jess Settles, a former teammate at Iowa, who got him in touch with Iowa coach Fran McCaffery.

The message McCaffery had made an impact with Carter.

“Coach McCaffery made it known that he would do what was best, take care of me,” Carter said. “That’s what did it for me.”

Iowa, Carter said, is a good fit, something he’s learned since arriving on campus in August.

“Ash is taking care of me, so is (Jordan Bohannon) and a lot of the other guys,” Carter said. “We’re helping each other out. It’s the bond we created, and I really like it here.”

Carter said he has been able to see some of the games his father played.

“My grandpa, he had every game on VHS tape,” he said. “I watched all of his games, so I kind of know what it was like.”

Now that he is a Hawkeye, Carter gets a chance to hear from people who knew his father or watched him play.

That was something he found out before the Iowa-Penn State football game, when he attended a tailgate party hosted by the parents of teammate Austin Ash.

“One of (Chris’) old coaches was down there,” Carter said. “Ash’s parents, they said they watched him play. A lot of other people said that.

“It’s pretty cool, hearing people’s stories. They say they loved my dad.”

Photo: Iowa’s Carter Kingsbury interviews fellow walk-on Luc Laketa at the Hawkeyes’ media day. (Stephen Mally/hawkeyesports.com)

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