Favorite No. 1 Hoosier? Picking Indiana’s Favorite Basketball Players, One Number at a Time
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Welcome to our summer series where Hoosier basketball fans can vote for their favorite Indiana players to wear each number. Today, we resume with all the greats to wear the number 1.
Each day we’re going to give you four picks along with a short player bio to choose your favorite Hoosier who wore a certain number.
Here are your four No. 1 jersey picks in alphabetical order so we don’t show bias. Be sure to take the poll below via Twitter or Facebook, or both if you’re passionate about your favorite player!
(Editor’s note: We’ll be taking results for 48 hours on the poll, then sharing the results on this story the next day, so check back regularly to see the results.)
James Blackmon Jr. (2014-17)
Guard James Blackmon Jr. hails from Marian, Indiana, where he played for his father James Blackmon at Marian High School, scoring 2,387 career points and ranked No. 19 in the recruiting class by ESPN.
Blackmon Jr. made his mark early for the Hoosiers by ranking sixth among all freshmen nationwide in scoring averaging 15.7 points per game. As if that weren’t enough of an incredible feat for a freshman, Blackmon Jr. made 77 three-pointers during the season, setting a new record for Indiana freshmen.
A knee injury plagued part of his sophomore season, but he rebounded in his freshman year where he led Indiana in goals (511 points) and field goals (91), which ranks second all-time in Indiana single-season history.
In 2017, Blackmon Jr. signed as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia 76ers until he was later waived.
Al Durham (2017-21)
Guard Aljami Durham (also known as Al) came to Indiana from Lilburn Ga. in his freshman season where he made nine starts in 31 games played and most importantly led Durham’s way into the Big Ten tournament by sweeping the 10 free throws against Rutgers.
He remained consistent over his next two years and was named team captain for both his junior and senior seasons.
Durham started in the 26 games he appeared in his final season at Indiana averaging 11.3 points and 2.6 assists. He received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award and also ranked 51st on Indiana’s all-time scoring list with 1,026 points.
For his COVID-19 bonus year, Durham transferred to Providence where the Brothers moved to the Sweet 16 last season.
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Jordan Hulls (2009-13)
Here’s a name you may have heard about in the Indiana news lately. Prior to signing as the Hoosiers’ team and scouting coordinator under head coach Mike Woodson, the Bloomington native had a stellar career with the Hoosiers early in his first season.
During his senior season, Hulls played in all 36 games and averaged 9.7 points, three assists and 2.3 rebounds. Quite the three-point shooter, Hulls shot 44.4 percent from beyond the arc while connecting on 80 triples in his senior year.
After his college career, Hulls played for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in Germany’s top league, still known for his impressive three-point shooting.
Jared Jefferies (2000-02)
Bloomington native Jefferies was drafted by Bob Knight for his first season at Indiana before Knight was fired before the season.
In Jefferies’ first season, he started in all 34 games and averaged 13.8 points per game, rising to 15 points the following season.
In his final season at Indiana, Jefferies was a key part of Indiana’s Cinderella run to the NCAA Tournament title game against the Maryland Terrapins. Jefferies and the Hoosiers trailed 64-52, and Maryland won its first NCAA title.
After two seasons at Indiana, Jefferies was selected by the Washington Wizards with the 11th pick in the NBA Draft. Playing for four different NBA teams, Jefferies retired in 2013 to become a scout for the Nuggets.
Indiana’s All-Time No. 1
Here are all the players who have worn number 1 in Indiana:
- Rob Phinisee —(2018-22)
- Aljami Durham — (2017-21)
- James Blackmon Jr. — (2014-17)
- Noah Vonleh — (2013-14)
- Cockles from Jordan — (2009-13)
- Evan White — (2009)
- Michael Santa Claus — (2009)
- Jared Jefferies — (2000-02)
- Ken Alward — (1922-25)
Vote for your favorite number 1 on Twitter
You will be able to vote on Twitter for your favorite player with each number. Here is the link to today’s poll for issue 1.
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