Favorite No. 11 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 best to wear the number 11.
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. 11 jersey picks in alphabetical order so we don’t show bias. Be sure to take the poll below via Twitter.
(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.)
Yogi Ferrell (2012-16)
Point guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell of Park Tudor in Indianapolis was ranked the No. 2 point guard by Rivals.com entering Indiana. He lived up to all the hype as he started all 36 games in his first season and had two tips, an assist and a steal in the Sweet 16 against Syracuse.
Former head coach Tom Crean’s side ranked No. 1 for 10 weeks that season for the first time since 1993.
In the summer of 2013, Ferrell joined teammate Will Sheehey at the World University Games held in Kazan, Russia, before returning home to Bloomington for Ferrell’s second season.
The Hoosiers sat out the tournament that season, but advanced to the second round the following year, where Ferrell lost 24 points to Wichita State before the WuShocks sent Indiana packing.
For Ferrell’s senior season, the Hoosiers advanced to the Sweet 16 by upsetting the No. 4 seed Kentucky in the second round. Top-seeded North Carolina beat the Hoosiers despite losing 25 personal points to Ferrell in Crean’s final NCAA Tournament game at Indiana.
Ferrell’s list of honors is long, but some of the most notable include Indiana’s 2015-16 Male Athlete of the Year, USA Today’s All-American Second Team and a unanimous All-American First-Team honor. -Big Ten by coaches and media.
If you need more, just take a look at the Indiana Book of Records and see how many times Ferrell pops up. Hint: a lot.
Ferrell has had numerous stints with various NBA teams, but currently plays with Slovenian ABA League club Cedevita Olimpija.
Danish Fife (1998-02)
Clarkston, Michigan guard Dane Fife started in 104 of 131 games for Indiana, logging 3,524 minutes, shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 69.5 percent from the free throw line.
Under head coach Bob Knight, Fife and the Hoosiers have participated in the tournament in Fife’s four seasons with Indiana. During Fife’s senior season, the Hoosiers entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 5 seed and eliminated top-seeded Duke by one point in the Sweet 16.
In the end, Indiana settled for second place in the NCAA against Maryland, 12 points from a championship.
After his college career, Fife was named an assistant for Indiana basketball under coach Mike Davis before taking on a few other coaching jobs elsewhere and returning to Indiana as a assistant in 2021. In March 2022, head coach Mike Woodson announced that Fife would no longer be on the staff.
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Devonte Green (2016-20)
Devonte Green, a native of North Babylon, NY, was a constant guard for Indiana. Although he started just 31 times in his career with the Hoosiers, he achieved big numbers off the bench scoring 954 career points, which ranks him 55th in Indiana history. with 257 assists in total.
During Green’s senior season, he was named team captain. Green continued to show his strong leadership skills on the court as he dominated from the three-point line in his final year in charge with 59 triples.
His best game came against Florida State where he scored a career-high 30 points with 5 for 7 of three. To put that into perspective, those numbers all came from the bench! The 30 points were the most by a Hoosier player from the bench since Matt Roth’s 29 against Ohio State in 2009.
Isiah Thomas (1979-81)
Chicago, Illinois guard Isiah Thomas played and started 63 games for the Hoosiers totaling 968 points, 356 assists while shooting 53.4 percent from the field.
Thomas played alongside current head coach Mike Woodson in the 1979-80 season. Woodson was one step away from being part of next year’s team that would go down in history.
The Hoosiers took on Maryland, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, St. Joseph’s, LSU and finally North Carolina to win their fourth NCAA title and former coach Bob Knight’s second with Indiana in 1981.
Thomas was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and was later selected second overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 1981 NBA Draft, where he played from 1981 to 1994.
Dan Dakich (1981-85)
We couldn’t not include guard Dan Dakich from Merrillville, Ind. First, we are going to tell you about his basketball career. Dakich started in 29 games for the Hoosiers totaling 356 points overall, shooting 51.7% from the field.
For three of Dakich’s seasons at Indiana, the Hoosiers competed in the NCAA Tournament. In the 1983-84 season, Indiana advanced to face No. 1 seed North Carolina in the Sweet 16. Dakich led the Hoosiers in a defensive effort by shutting out Michael Jordan to move to the Elite Eight, losing to Virginia by two points.
Dakich entered a coaching career both at Indiana as a graduate assistant coach under Bob Knight and later head coach at Bowling Green State University.
You might know him from the Dan Dakich show on Indianapolis radio station WFNI, ESPN affiliate, 1070 The Fan.
No. 11 all-time in Indiana
Here are all the players who have worn number 11 at Indiana:
- Shaan Burk — (2021-current)
- Devonte Green — (2016-20)
- Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell — (2012-16)
- Daniel Moore — (2008-12)
- Errek Suhr — (2003-07)
- Joe Harman — (2002-03)
- Danish Fife — (1998-02)
- Malcolm Sims — (1992-93)
- Todd Jade — (1985-89)
- Dan Dakich — (1981-85)
- Isiah Thomas — (1979-81)
- Bill Tosheff — (1949-51)
- gene ring — (1948-51)
- Lou Jensen — (1947-48)
- Tom Schwartz — (1947-49)
- Jack Mercier — (1943-45)
- James Smith — (1942-43)
- Guillaume Torphy — (1939-42)
- Everett Hoffman — (1939-42)
- Robert Hansen — (1938-39)
- James Fausch — (1937-38)
- Ralph Dorsey — (1936-40)
- Charles Scott — (1933-36
- Bernard Miller — (1928-31)
- Harold Sanford — (1921-24)
Vote for your favorite number 11 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 #11.