NCAA The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time  

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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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501 114
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

1979 - 1981

NCAA Champion (1981)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1981)

Isiah Lord Thomas III is a retired American basketball player who played professionally for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. The 12-time NBA All-Star was named one of ...more

2
441 127
Calbert Cheaney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

1989 - 1993

Calbert Nathaniel Cheaney is a retired American basketball player and an assistant coach at Saint Louis University. At the conclusion of his collegiate basketball career, he was the all-time ...more

3
444 142
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard

2010 - 2013

Kehinde Babatunde Victor Oladipo is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association. Oladipo played college ...more

4
346 100
Scott May is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

1972 - 1976

NCAA Champion (1976)

Scott Glenn May is a retired American professional basketball player.

5
394 123
Steve Alford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

1983 - 1987

NCAA Champion (1987)

Stephen Todd "Steve" Alford is an American basketball coach and former player who is currently the head coach of the UCLA Bruins men's basketball team. Alford led Indiana University to ...more

6
268 80
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

1970 - 1971

George F. McGinnis is an American retired professional basketball player who played 11 seasons in the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association. He was drafted into the ...more

7
275 93
Quinn Buckner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

1972 - 1976

William Quinn Buckner is a former American professional basketball player and coach. He played collegiate basketball for the Indiana University Hoosiers, and was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks ...more

8
227 70
Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

1958 - 1961

Walter Jones Bellamy was an American professional basketball player.

9
264 100
Damon Bailey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

1990 - 1994

Damon Bailey 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 event at the time. Bailey ...more

10
280 114
Yogi Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

2012 - 2016

Kevin Duane "Yogi" Ferrell Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for Indiana

11
235 91
Alan Henderson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

1991 - 1995

Alan Lybrooks Henderson is an American former professional basketball player of the NBA. He stands 6'9" tall. Born in Morgantown, West Virginia, Henderson attended Brebeuf Jesuit ...more

12
224 85
Kent Benson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Center

1973 - 1977

NCAA Champion (1976)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1976)

Michael Kent Benson is a retired American collegiate and professional basketball player. Having had a prolific career during the 1970s and 1980s, he scored a career high of 38 points, playing ...more

13
185 65
Mike Woodson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

1976 - 1980

Michael Dean "Mike" Woodson is a former American basketball player and coach who currently serves as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA.

14
251 109
A. J. Guyton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

1996 - 2000

Arthur James "A.J." Guyton is an American former professional basketball player who played college basketball for the Indiana University Hoosiers.

15
235 118
Cody Zeller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

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

16
129 46
Bobby Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Bobby Wilkerson Small forward, Shooting guard

1973 - 1976

NCAA Champion (1976)

17
164 73
Randy Wittman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard

1978 - 1983

NCAA Champion (1981)

Randy Scott Wittman is the current head coach for the National Basketball Association's Washington Wizards. He is also a retired American basketball player at the guard position and former coach ...more

18
167 77
Landon Turner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Landon Turner Forward

1978 - 1981

19
180 87
Keith Smart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Guard

1986 - 1988

NCAA Champion (1987)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1987)

Jonathan Keith Smart is a retired American basketball player and current assistant coach for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He is perhaps best remembered for hitting the ...more

20
133 54
Dick Van Arsdale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward

1962 - 1965

Richard Albert "Dick" Van Arsdale is an American former professional basketball player and coach, and a current National Basketball Association executive. A graduate of Indianapolis ...more

21
133 55
Ray Tolbert is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

1977 - 1981

NCAA Champion (1981)

Raymond Lee "Ray" Tolbert is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the New Jersey Nets in the 1st round of the 1981 NBA Draft. A 6'9" power forward ...more

22
136 59
Tom Van Arsdale is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward

1962 - 1965

Thomas Arthur "Tom" Van Arsdale is a former professional basketball player. A graduate of Indianapolis Emmerich Manual High School, the 6'5" guard played collegiately at Indiana ...more

23
124 51
Bobby Leonard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Guard

1951 - 1954

William Robert "Slick" Leonard is a former professional basketball player and coach. A 6'3" 185 lb guard, Leonard played high school basketball at Terre Haute Gerstmeyer High ...more

24
139 62
Jimmy Rayl is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

1960 - 1963

James R. "Jimmy" Rayl is a retired American professional basketball player in the ABA. He was a 6'2" and 175 lb guard.

25
177 96
Eric Gordon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
srappaport added Shooting guard

2007 - 2008

Eric Ambrose Gordon, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. In high school, he was named "Mr. ...more

26
153 80
Jared Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Power forward, Center

2000 - 2002

Jared Scott Carter Jeffries is a former American professional basketball player. He was drafted as the 11th overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards, and played in the NBA ...more

27
119 57
Don Schlundt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Center

1951 - 1955

NCAA Champion (1953)

Don Schlundt was an American collegiate basketball player. He was born in St. Joseph County, Indiana, to Martin and Anna Schlundt. He died in Indianapolis.

28
115 55
Branch McCracken is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Center, Forward, Guard

1928 - 1930

Emmett B. "Branch" McCracken was an American basketball player and coach. He served as the head basketball coach at Ball State University from 1930 to 1938 and at Indiana University ...more

29
126 67
Greg Graham is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard

1989 - 1993

Gregory Lawrence "Greg" Graham is a retired American professional basketball player.

30
127 68
Brian Evans is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

1992 - 1996

Brian Keith Evans is an American former professional basketball player who played in the NBA and other leagues. A 6'8" and 220 lb forward, he played high school basketball at Terre Haute ...more

31
114 58
Ted Kitchel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Forward

1978 - 1983

NCAA Champion (1981)

Ted Kitchel is a retired American basketball player. He was a two-time All-American at Indiana University and represented the United States in the 1982 FIBA World Championship in Colombia. ...more

32
124 66
Tom Coverdale is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
assemblycall added Tom Coverdale Guard

1999 - 2003

Tom Coverdale is a 1998 Indiana Mr. Basketball Award winner.

33
134 74
D. J. White is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

2004 - 2008

Dewayne "D. J." White, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 9 in, he ...more

34
106 53
Steve Downing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Center

1970 - 1973

Steve Downing is a retired American basketball player. A 6'8" center, Downing starred at Indiana University during the early 1970s. He won the Chicago Tribune Silver Basketball award in ...more

35
130 78
Christian Watford is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
assemblycall added Small forward

2009 - 2013

Christian Ramon Watford is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for Indiana

36
100 54
Steve Green is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward

1972 - 1975

Steven Michael "Steve" Green is a retired American professional basketball player. He was a 6'7" and 220 lb small forward and played collegiately at Indiana University where he ...more

37
118 70
Jay Edwards is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard

1987 - 1989

Jay Edwards is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2nd round of the 1989 NBA Draft. A 6'4" guard from Indiana University, ...more

38
96 54
Tom Abernethy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward

1972 - 1976

NCAA Champion (1976)

Thomas Craig "Tom" Abernethy is a retired American professional basketball player. Born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, Abernathy starred at St. Joseph's High School and Indiana ...more

39
142 94
Jordan Hulls is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
srappaport added Point guard

2009 - 2013

Jordan Hulls is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Sigal Prishtina in Kosovo. He played at Indiana University.

40
107 72
Kirk Haston is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

1998 - 2001

Kirk Haston is an American former professional basketball player. He attended Perry County High School in Linden, Tennessee, where, as a senior, he was a part of the 37-0 Class A state ...more

41
84 53
Archie Dees is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Center

1955 - 1958

Archie William Dees is an American former professional basketball player. A 6'8" forward/center born in Ethel, Mississippi, Dees started his basketball career at Mount Carmel High School ...more

42
87 63
Eric Anderson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Forward

1988 - 1992

Eric Walfred Anderson is a retired American basketball player. He attended St. Francis DeSales High School on Chicago's far southeast side and was named 1988's Mr. Basketball for the state of ...more

43
35 14
John Laskowski is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
snowling50 added John Lazkowski Shooting guard

1972 - 1975

John Laskowski is an American former professional basketball player.

44
22 13
Thomas Bryant is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Center

2015 - 2017

Thomas Jermaine Bryant is an American professional player.

45
61 57
Bill Garrett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Center

1948 - 1951

William Leon Garrett was a basketball player and coach and a college administrator. Garrett was born in Shelbyville, Indiana and played basketball at Shelbyville High School. He led Shelbyville ...more

46
16 10
Noah Vonleh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Noah Vonleh Power

2013 - 2014

Noah Vonleh is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for Indiana University. ...more

47
51 59
Tom Bolyard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Tom Bolyard Forward

1961 - 1963

48
15 19
Hallie Bryant is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
snowling50 added Hallie Bryant Guard

1954 - 1957

Hallie Bryant is a 1953 Indiana Mr. Basketball Award winner.

49
18 23
Jim Crews is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
snowling50 added Guard

1972 - 1976

Jim Crews is the head men's basketball coach for Saint Louis University. He was promoted to head coach after serving on an interim basis, following the health concerns, and eventual death, of ...more

50
15 21
Brian Sloan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
snowling50 added Brian Sloan Forward

1984 - 1989

Brian Keith Sloan was a high school and college basketball player during the 1980s. Sloan, a high school center, led McLeansboro High School to an undefeated season in the 1984, Class A IHSA ...more