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The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time 

Ranker NCAA Basketball
Updated November 11, 2019 19k votes 1.8k voters 21.8k views 65 items

List Rules Upvote the best basketball players in Indiana University's history. Vote based on each player's career at IU only.

This is a list of the best Indiana Hoosier Basketball Players of All Time. When the word "Indiana" is uttered, Indiana University Basketball is the first thing that comes to mind.  The Indiana Hoosiers are among the most storied programs in the history of college basketball with 5 NCAA Championships. IU's 7th in NCAA Tournament appearances (38), 7th in NCAA Tournament victories (64) and have won 21 Big Ten Conference Championships. No team has had more All-Big Ten selections than the Hoosiers with 53.

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Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

1979 - 1981

NCAA Champion (1981)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1981)

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2
Calbert Cheaney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

Birthplace: Evansville, Center Township, Indiana, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

1989 - 1993

Calbert Nathaniel Cheaney (born July 17, 1971) is an American basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League. He starred as a player for ...more
3
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard

Birthplace: Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Indiana Pacers

2010 - 2013

Kehinde Babatunde Victor Oladipo (born May 4, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Oladipo was drafted with ...more

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#774 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #210 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #74 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

4
Steve Alford is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

Birthplace: Franklin, Indiana, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

1983 - 1987

NCAA Champion (1987)

5
Scott May is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

Birthplace: Sandusky, Ohio, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

1972 - 1976

NCAA Champion (1976)

6
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana

Nationality: United States of America

1970 - 1971

George F. McGinnis (born August 12, 1950) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 11 seasons in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball ...more

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7
Quinn Buckner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

Birthplace: Phoenix, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

1972 - 1976

William Quinn Buckner (born August 20, 1954) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. He played collegiate basketball for the Indiana University Hoosiers, and was selected ...more
8
Yogi Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

Birthplace: Greenfield, Indiana

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Sacramento Kings

2012 - 2016

Kevin Duane "Yogi" Ferrell Jr. (born May 9, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more

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9
Damon Bailey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

Birthplace: Pleasant Run Township, Heltonville, Indiana

Nationality: United States of America

1990 - 1994

Damon Bailey (born October 21, 1971) is a retired American basketball player. Bailey rose to national prominence after being recruited by Indiana coach Bob Knight as an 8th grader, an unusual ...more
10
Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

Birthplace: New Bern, North Carolina

Nationality: United States of America

1958 - 1961

Walter Jones Bellamy (July 24, 1939 – November 2, 2013) was an American professional basketball player. A four-time NBA All-Star, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of

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11
Alan Henderson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

Birthplace: Morgantown, West Virginia

Nationality: United States of America

1991 - 1995

Alan Lybrooks Henderson (born December 2, 1972) is an American former professional basketball player of the NBA. He stands 6'9" (2.06 m) tall. Born in Morgantown, West Virginia, Henderson ...more
12
Kent Benson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Center

Birthplace: New Castle, Indiana, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

1973 - 1977

NCAA Champion (1976)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1976)

13
Cody Zeller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

Birthplace: Washington, Indiana

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Charlotte Hornets

2011 - 2013

Cody Allen Zeller is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Indiana ...more

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14
Eric Gordon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
srappaport added Shooting guard

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Houston Rockets

2007 - 2008

Eric Ambrose Gordon Jr. (born December 25, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In high school, he was named ...more

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15
A. J. Guyton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois

Nationality: United States of America

1996 - 2000

Arthur James "A. J." Guyton (born February 12, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player and now basketball coach. He played college basketball for Indiana
16
Mike Woodson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana

Nationality: United States of America

1976 - 1980

Michael Dean Woodson (born March 24, 1958) is a former American basketball player and coach who last worked as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. He was previously best ...more
17
Keith Smart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Guard

Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

1986 - 1988

NCAA Champion (1987)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1987)

18
Randy Wittman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana

Nationality: United States of America

1978 - 1983

NCAA Champion (1981)

19
Jared Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Power forward, Center

Birthplace: Bloomington, Indiana

Nationality: United States of America

Team: New York Knicks

2000 - 2002

Jared Scott Carter Jeffries (born November 25, 1981) is a retired National Basketball Association player who is currently the President of the eSports organization Echo Fox. He previously served ...more
20
Bobby Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Bobby Wilkerson Small forward, Shooting guard

1973 - 1976

NCAA Champion (1976)

21
Dick Van Arsdale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Dick Van Arsdale Small forward

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana

Nationality: United States of America

1962 - 1965

Richard Albert Van Arsdale (born February 22, 1943) is an American former professional basketball player and coach, and a current National Basketball Association (NBA) executive. A graduate of ...more
22
Ray Tolbert is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

Birthplace: Anderson, Indiana

Nationality: United States of America

1977 - 1981

NCAA Champion (1981)

23
Landon Turner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Landon Turner Forward

1978 - 1981

24
Tom Van Arsdale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana

Nationality: United States of America

1962 - 1965

Thomas Arthur Van Arsdale (born February 22, 1943) is a former professional basketball player. A graduate of Indianapolis Emmerich Manual High School, the 6'5" guard played collegiately at ...more
25
Jimmy Rayl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

Birthplace: Kokomo, Indiana

1960 - 1963

James R. Rayl (June 21, 1941 – January 20, 2019) was an American professional basketball player in the ABA. He was a 6'2" and 175 lb guard.