One of the best males’s faculty gamers from the state of Indiana

There isn’t a higher place to carry it than the basketball hotbed that’s the Hoosier state. From “The Area” right down to Evansville, with stops in South Bend, West Lafayette, Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Muncie and each small city in between, Indiana’s love for basketball runs deep.

So with that in thoughts, here is our take a look at a number of the state’s finest homegrown (whether or not born, raised, or each) faculty gamers by the years. Listed in chronological order.


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John Wood, Purdue (1930-’32)

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We all know what sort of faculty basketball coach Wood was at UCLA (10-time nationwide champion), however the legend was a strong participant throughout his day. Born in Corridor, Indiana, Wood performed highschool ball in Martinsville, the place he was a three-time all-State choice. At Purdue, the guard was a star within the pre-NCAA days. He earned All-Huge Ten, All-Midwestern, and first-team All-American honors as a Boilermaker. A statue of Wood, the participant, is situated on the Purdue campus.


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Don Schlundt, Indiana (1952-’55)

Don Schlundt, Indiana (1952-'55)

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For many who do not know who Schlundt is, concentrate as a result of he simply may be the most effective participant within the historical past of the storied faculty basketball program. The 6-foot-9 Schlundt, who prepped at South Bend’s Washington Clay Excessive College, was a three-time All-American for the Hoosiers. When his collegiate profession had completed, Schlundt was Indiana’s all-time main scorer with 2,192 factors (23.3 factors per sport profession common) — a document that lasted for greater than 30 years. 


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Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati (1958-’60)

Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati (1958-'60)

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The legendary Robertson was born in Tennessee, however his household moved to Indianapolis previous to his second birthday. The “Huge O” was a star at Crispus Attucks Excessive, and his 1954 group misplaced to upstart, Hoosiers-inspired Milan within the semi-state spherical. At Cincinnati, Robertson was really dominant, averaging 33.8 factors and capturing 53.5 % whereas additionally knocking down 15.2 rebounds per contest. When his three years at Cincinnati completed, Robertson was named UPI School Participant of the 12 months thrice and likewise a three-time, first-team All-American.


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Terry Dischinger, Purdue (1960-’62)

Terry Dischinger, Purdue (1960-'62)


The Terre Haute native was a Parade All-American in 1958 as a excessive schooler. However, Dischinger’s dominance didn’t finish on the prep degree. He averaged 28.3 factors in three seasons for the Boilermakers, together with 30.3 in his remaining 1961-62 marketing campaign. Dischinger, who went on to win a basketball gold medal for the USA on the 1960 Olympics and was a three-time NBA All-Star, twice earned first-team All-American honors and likewise obtained a second-team distinction 


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Dave Schellhase, Purdue (1964-’66)

Dave Schellhase, Purdue (1964-'66)

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Shortly after Dischinger left Purdue, Schellhase took on the mantle of this system’s subsequent star. In his three seasons with the Boilermakers, the previous prep star from Evansville averaged 28.8 factors for his profession and scored 57 towards Michigan in February 1966. That was the identical season he led the nation in scoring at 32.5 factors per contest. A primary- and second-team All-American, Schellhase was the primary Purdue participant to register 2,000 profession factors (completed with 2,074).


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Michael Warren, UCLA (1966-’68)

Michael Warren, UCLA (1966-'68)

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Followers of the profitable Nineteen Eighties TV drama Hill Avenue Blues most likely keep in mind Warren as police officer Bobby Hill. Nevertheless, earlier than he was an enormous tv star, Warren, a South Bend native and product of Central Excessive College, was an All-American for John Wood’s nice UCLA groups. Recognized then as Mike Warren, he was a beginning guard for 3 seasons and averaged 13.7 factors for his profession. The 5-foot-11 Warren, who performed alongside the good Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)  was additionally thought-about one of many nation’s high defenders whereas profitable two nationwide titles with the Bruins. 


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Rick Mount, Purdue (1968-’70)

Rick Mount, Purdue (1968-'70)

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Lebanon’s Mount was Indiana’s Mr. Basketball in 1966 and holds the excellence of being the primary highschool participant to grace the duvet of Sports activities Illustrated. Often known as “The Rocket,” Mount stayed near residence to play collegiately at Purdue. There, the legendary No. 10 helped the Boilermakers attain the Closing 4 in 1969 and scored a school-record 61 factors towards Iowa as a senior. Mount averaged 32.3 factors for his profession and was a two-time, first-team All-American.


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Junior Bridgeman, Louisville (1973-’75)

Junior Bridgeman, Louisville (1973-'75)


A standout from East Chicago (the center of “The Area” in Northwest Indiana), Bridgeman led Washington Excessive College, which additionally featured UCLA-bound Pete Trgovich and future major-league pitcher Tim Stoddard, to an undefeated season and 1971 state title. At Louisville, Bridgeman averaged 15.5 factors, capturing 51.7 %, and seven.6 rebounds for his three-year profession. He was twice named Missouri Valley Convention Participant of the 12 months (1974, ’75) and helped the Cardinals attain the 1975 Closing 4. Bridgeman went on to take pleasure in a strong NBA profession, largely with the Milwaukee Bucks.


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Kent Benson, Indiana (1974-’77)

Kent Benson, Indiana (1974-'77)


The pleasure of New Fort, Ind., Benson was Indiana’s Mr. Basketball in 1973 after totaling nearly 1,500 factors and knocking down almost 1,600 rebounds in highschool. When Benson’s profession with the Hoosiers was achieved, nevertheless, he solidified himself as maybe the most effective large man within the historical past of this system. He was a two-time first-team All-American, averaging 15.3 factors and 9.0 rebounds for his profession. Benson was a significant factor in serving to the 1975-76 Hoosiers win the nationwide title and change into the final group to go a whole season with no loss (32-0). He was named the Closing 4’s Most Excellent Participant that season.


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Larry Chook, Indiana State (1977-’79)

Larry Bird, Indiana State (1977-'79)

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“The Hick from French Lick,” Larry Legend.” Name him no matter, however many basketball consultants, analysts, and followers take into account Chook to be the most effective participant to hail from the Hoosier state. Regardless of a troubled household life, Chook averaged 31 factors and 21 rebounds at French Lick’s Springs Valley Excessive. Homesick and overwhelmed at Indiana College, Chook ultimately landed at Indiana State, the place he rebuilt his legendary basketball standing. He averaged 30.3 factors, shot 53.3 %, pulled down 13.3 boards, and dished out 4.6 per sport as a Sycamore. The Boston Celtics legend was a two-time All-American and the Naismith Nationwide Participant of the 12 months in 1978-79 when he helped Indiana State go 33-0 earlier than dropping to Magic Johnson and Michigan State in that famed nationwide championship contest.


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Scott Skiles, Michigan State (1983-’86)

Scott Skiles, Michigan State (1983-'86)

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Say what one will about Skiles’ off-court points at Michigan State, however the Plymouth Excessive College legend continues to be one of many greats in Spartans historical past. In his 4 collegiate seasons, Skiles averaged 18.2 factors — together with 27.4 when he was named Huge Ten Participant of the 12 months in 1986 — and shot 51.6 %. He additionally averaged 5.5 profession assists and was a second-team All-American as a senior. His No. 4 was retired by the college.


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Steve Alford, Indiana (1984-’87)

Steve Alford, Indiana (1984-'87)


One other Hoosiers’ star from New Fort, although born in Franklin. Alford gained a gold medal as a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball group then additional made a reputation for himself as one of many nice faculty gamers of all time. Alford, a profession 53.3-percent shooter for the Hoosiers, averaged almost 20.0 factors for his faculty profession, and 22.5 as a junior and 22.0 throughout his 1986-87 senior season when was named Huge Ten MVP and helped Indiana win its most up-to-date NCAA title. He was additionally a two-time first-team All-American.


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Calbert Cheaney, Indiana (1990-’93)

Calbert Cheaney, Indiana (1990-'93)

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Damon Bailey, Indiana (1991-’94)

Damon Bailey, Indiana (1991-'94)


There are these basketball pundits inside or out of the state of Indiana who really feel Bailey’s profession with the Hoosiers was a bust. That is most likely not honest, contemplating the hype and immense strain surrounding Bailey, arguably the most effective highschool basketball participant in Indiana historical past — a Mr. Basketball and McDonald’s American out of Bedford North Lawrence Excessive College. Whereas Bailey wasn’t as dominant as many Hoosiers’ followers anticipated, he was a four-year starter beneath Bobby Knight, totaled 1,741 factors, and averaged 19.6 with 4.3 assists and rebounds as a senior. He additionally helped Indiana win two Huge Ten titles, attain the Closing 4 in 1992 and put up 108 victories whereas incomes third-team AP All-American honors as a senior.


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Eric Montross, North Carolina (1991-’94)

Eric Montross, North Carolina (1991-'94)

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A McDonald’s All-American from Indianapolis’ Lawrence North, the 7-foot Montross averaged a career-high 15.8 factors on 61.5-percent capturing in the course of the 1992-93 season, which North Carolina capped with that memorable nationwide title-game victory over Michigan and the Fab 5. A two-time second-team collegiate All-American, Montross averaged at the very least 11.2 factors and seven.0 rebounds in every of his remaining three seasons at North Carolina. 


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Glenn Robinson, Purdue (1993-’94)

Glenn Robinson, Purdue (1993-'94)

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Indiana’s Mr. Basketball in 1991 from Gary Roosevelt, the “Huge Canine” fueled his legacy additional on the school degree. One other standout performer for the Boilermakers, Robinson made essentially the most of his two seasons in West Lafayette. As a sophomore, the 6-foot-8 Robinson averaged a national-best 30.3 factors and 10.1 rebounds to be named each AP and Huge Ten Participant of the 12 months. Throughout these two seasons at Purdue, Robinson averaged 27.5 factors and 9.7 boards.


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Bryce Drew, Valparaiso (1995-’98)

Bryce Drew, Valparaiso (1995-'98)

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Bonzi Wells, Ball State (1995-’98)

Bonzi Wells, Ball State (1995-'98)

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One of many nice mid-major gamers of all time, Wells took his starring act from Muncie Central Excessive a couple of blocks west to Ball State. With the Cardinals, he averaged 25.4 factors and eight.8 rebounds as a sophomore. For his profession, the 6-foot-5 Wells averaged 21.4 factors, 7.3 boards, 3.3 assists, and three.0 steals whereas additionally twice profitable Mid-American Convention Participant of the 12 months (1996, ’98) and a third-team All-American by The Related Press in 1998. Wells, who additionally loved a strong 12-year NBA profession, had his No. 42 retired by Ball State.


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Jared Jeffries, Indiana (2001-’02)

Jared Jeffries, Indiana (2001-'02)

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One other Indiana Mr. Basketball, Jeffries starred at Bloomington North Excessive College. Then didn’t journey far for faculty. One of many Hoosiers’ most high-profiled prospects (which is saying quite a bit), Jeffries made essentially the most of his two seasons with the Hoosiers. He was named Huge Ten Freshman of the 12 months in 2001 when he averaged 13.8 factors, 6.9 boards, and a pair of.4 assists. One season later, Jeffries was the league’s participant of the 12 months for averaging 15.0 factors, 7.6 rebounds, and a pair of.1 assists whereas main Indiana to its most up-to-date NCAA Championship Sport look.


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Sean Could, North Carolina (2003-’05)

Sean May, North Carolina (2003-'05)


The 2002 Mr. Basketball from Bloomington North Excessive College, the place he was a teammate of Jared Jeffries, Could didn’t comply with in father Scott’s footsteps to Indiana, however selected the brighter lights of North Carolina, as an alternative. Could apparently made the fitting alternative, averaging 15.8 factors and 10.0 rebounds over three seasons at Chapel Hill, whereas additionally serving to the Tar Heels win the 2005 nationwide championship. Within the course of, Could was named Closing 4 Most Excellent Participant that season. 


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Greg Oden, Ohio State (2006-’07)

Greg Oden, Ohio State (2006-'07)

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Indiana’s Mr. Basketball in 2006 out of Indianapolis’ Lawrence North Excessive College, Oden performed only one collegiate season. Nonetheless, it was adequate to earn a spot on this record. The 7-foot Oden averaged 15.7 factors on 61.6-percent capturing, 9.6 rebounds, and three.3 blocks whereas incomes AP All-American honors and serving to the Buckeyes attain the nationwide championship sport. Sure, we all know it was one season and Oden’s professional profession was a bust, but it surely was definitely value celebrating.


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Luke Harangody, Notre Dame (2006-’10)

Luke Harangody, Notre Dame (2006-'10)

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One other product of “The Area,” Harangody starred at Merrillville’s Andrean Excessive College. However he actually got here into his personal with the Irish. The Huge East Participant of the 12 months in 2008, Harangody averaged at the very least 20.4 factors and 9.1 rebounds in his remaining three seasons (career-high 23.3 factors, 11.8 boards in 2008-09) in South Bend. He is the primary Notre Dame males’s basketball participant to be named first-team All-Huge East three straight seasons and was a three-time All-American (second group) choice.


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E’Twaun Moore, Purdue (2008-’11)

E'Twaun Moore, Purdue (2008-'11)

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A star at East Chicago’s Central Excessive College, the place he averaged 21.2 factors as a senior and led his group to a state championship, Moore remained profitable throughout his faculty years in West Lafayette. Moore averaged 15.3 factors, together with 18.0 his senior season, 4.4 rebounds and almost 3.0 assists whereas beginning all however 4 of the 140 video games he performed for the Boilermakers. A two-time AP honorable point out All-American, Moore, who totaled 2,136 factors, was additionally an All-Huge Ten choice in every of his 4 seasons — twice as a first-teamer.


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Tyler Zeller, North Carolina (2009-’12)

Tyler Zeller, North Carolina (2009-'12)

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The primary of two Zeller brothers that may spherical out this record, and one among three to earn Indiana Mr. Basketball honors. Born in California, Zeller grew up in Washington, Ind.,  and helped Washington Excessive win two state titles. One throughout his senior season, when he averaged 33.1 factors and 11.0 rebounds. One other Hoosier to play at North Carolina, Zeller gained a nationwide title with the Tar Heels in 2019 and averaged 16.0 factors and eight.4 boards in his remaining two seasons. In 2012, Zeller was named ACC Participant of the 12 months and second-team All-American.


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Cody Zeller, Indiana (2012-’13)

Cody Zeller, Indiana (2012-'13)

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Three years after brother Tyler was named Indiana Mr. Basketball, Cody earned the identical honor for Washington Excessive College after averaging 24.6 factors and 13.1 rebounds as a senior en path to profitable his third state title. Passing up an opportunity to play with Tyler at North Carolina, this Zeller attended Indiana, the place he averaged 16.1 factors, shot 59.1 %, and grabbed 7.3 rebounds per contest in his two collegiate seasons. The Huge Ten Freshman of the 12 months and two-time All-Huge Ten choice was the fourth total decide within the 2013 NBA Draft by Charlotte — for which he nonetheless performs right this moment.


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Kyle Man, Virginia (2017-’19)

Kyle Guy, Virginia (2017-'19)

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Out of Lawrence Central, northwest of downtown Indianapolis, Man was an Indiana Mr. Basketball and McDonald’s American. Within the final two of his three seasons at Virginia, Man averaged 14.8 factors and made 41.1-percent of his 3-pointers. Nevertheless, it was the 2019 NCAA Event by which Man really shined. He had 25 factors and 10 rebounds in an Elite Eight win over Purdue and earned Closing 4 Most Excellent Participant honors after scoring 24 in that extra time, title-game victory over Texas Tech. Man was additionally a two-time All-ACC first-teamer and third-team AP All-American.

Jeff Mezydlo has written about sports activities and leisure on-line and for print for greater than 25 years. He grew up within the far south suburbs of Chicago, 20 minutes from the Mascot Corridor of Fame in Whiting, Ind. He’s additionally the proud father of 11-year-old Matthew, aka “Bobby Bruin,” mascot of St. Robert Bellarmine College in Chicago. You may comply with Jeff at @jeffm401.

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