Basketball 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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621 134
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
562 179
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 2 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
3
527 164
Calbert Cheaney is listed (or ranked) 3 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
4
409 113
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
476 148
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
330 96
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
313 107
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
263 84
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
320 118
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
344 139
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
273 109
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
258 102
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
213 79
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
281 127
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
293 137
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
247 110
Eric Gordon is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
210 99
Keith Smart is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
159 65
Dick Van Arsdale is listed (or ranked) 18 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
19
187 86
Randy Wittman is listed (or ranked) 19 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
20
155 63
Ray Tolbert is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
147 60
Bobby Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Bobby Wilkerson Small forward, Shooting guard

1973 - 1976

NCAA Champion (1976)

22
184 88
Landon Turner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time
Landon Turner Forward

1978 - 1981

23
155 68
Tom Van Arsdale is listed (or ranked) 23 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
24
182 93
Jared Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 24 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
25
156 74
Jimmy Rayl is listed (or ranked) 25 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.