Iverson receiving a coaching award in 1963.
|Born||August 22, 1930|
Mitchell, South Dakota
|Listed height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Listed weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|High school||Platte (Platte, South Dakota)|
|College||Kansas State (1949-1952)|
|NBA draft||1952 / Round: 2 / Pick: 17th overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|1956-1965||South Dakota State|
|Career highlights and awards|
James D. Iverson (born August 22, 1930) is an American former basketball player and coach. After a college career at Kansas State (KSU), he was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the second round of the 1952 NBA draft. Iverson later coached South Dakota State University from 1956 to 1965, winning the 1963 NCAA College Division Tournament.
Iverson was a high school star at Platte High School in Platte, South Dakota, where he was named all-state three times. He played college basketball at Kansas State, where he started three seasons for coach Jack Gardner. In his three seasons there, the wildcats won two Big Seven Conference titles and in 1951 played for the NCAA title, losing to the Kentucky Wildcats. Iverson also played baseball at KSU.
Following the close of his Kansas State career, Iverson was drafted in the second round of the 1952 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. He served two years in the U. S. Army, then joined the Celtics for the 1954-55 preseason. However, he was one of the final cuts for the team.
After his playing career, Iverson coached several service teams in the United States and Japan before earning the head coaching position at South Dakota State (SDSU) in 1956. Iverson had success at SDSU, winning a North Central Conference title in 1959, then leading the Jackrabbits to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) College Division title in 1963, defeating Wittenburg 44-42 on a last-second shot. Iverson was ultimately fired in 1965 for providing excessive aid to student athletes, when it came to light that he had given player Maurice White $275.
|South Dakota State Jackrabbits (North Central Conference) (1956-1965)|
|1956-57||South Dakota State||19-3||11-1||T-1st|
|1957-58||South Dakota State||12-11||9-3||2nd|
|1958-59||South Dakota State||17-7||11-1||1st|
|1959-60||South Dakota State||17-7||10-2||1st|
|1960-61||South Dakota State||21-6||10-2||1st||NCAA College Division Final Four|
|1961-62||South Dakota State||13-9||7-5||3rd|
|1962-63||South Dakota State||22-5||11-1||1st||NCAA College Division Champion|
|1963-64||South Dakota State||14-7||9-3||2nd|
|1964-65||South Dakota State||7-10||2-4||T-4th|
|South Dakota State:||142-65 (.686)||80-22 (.784)|
Postseason invitational champion