IOWA CITY, Iowa – Friday will mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Chris Street in an automobile accident.
The former Iowa basketball star was killed on Jan. 19, 1993 when his car collided with a snowplow on the outskirts of Iowa City. Street had just attended a team dinner before the accident occurred.
Hawkeye fans were devastated by Street's death and many still remember a quarter century later where they were and what they were doing when told about it.
Kenyon Murray was a freshman on the Iowa basketball team when Street killed. They had just eaten dinner together and Murray considered Street one of his closest friends on the team.
In fact, Street was instrumental in Murray picking Iowa over his home-state Michigan Wolverines. Murray was the top recruit in Michigan as a senior in 1992 and had a host of scholarship offers from some of the top programs nationally.
But only one school had Chris Street and that played a key role in Murray's decision to be a Hawkeye.
Murray would go on to be a three-year starter and one of the top defensive players during the Tom Davis coaching era.
Murray and Street also became close friends in the short time they were together.
Murray honored Street's memory by naming one of his twin sons after Street. Murrray even asked Street's mother for permission to spell the name with a K rather than a C and she granted that request.
A day rarely goes by where Murray doesn't think about Chris Street.
The first 30 minutes of this podcast features Murray talking about Street's legacy and about the night Street was killed. We appeciate Kenyon sharing his unique insight.
Street also will be honored on Saturday when Iowa faces Big Ten leader Purdue at 11 a.m. at Caver-Hawkeye Arena.