Indiana’s Top 40 All-Time Basketball Players: #30 Keith Smart
We’ve now reached 30 days until Indiana basketball begins the 2022-23 season, and we’re revealing the 30th greatest Hoosier player of all time. This all-time great is known for one of the most important shots in Indiana basketball history, and that’s not the “Wat Shot” for you young Hoosier fans.
Indiana’s Top 40 Basketball Players of All Time
Keith Smart (1986-1988)
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Indiana Basketball Career Stats: 12.1 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 3.1 APG, 51.8 FG%
Although his figures do not jump off the page, smart keith is definitely one of Indiana’s top 30 basketball players of all time. For starters, as a rookie, Smart ranked in the top five in minutes played per game (26.0), points per game (11.2), rebounds per game (2.9), assists per game. (3.2), steals per game (0.9), and free throw percentage (84.1%) on the 1986-87 Indiana basketball team, which was crowned champion against Syracuse.
Oh, and the obvious reason; Smart hit the game-winning jump shot (below) to give Bob Knight and the Hoosiers their last NCAA championship banner in 1987. He recorded 21 points that game on 9-of-15 shooting from the field and was second-best scorer behind Steve Alford (23 points). For his impressive play, Smart was named Most Outstanding Player of the 1987 Final Four with the honors of being named to the All-Tournament Team for averaging 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists. in six games.
Playing just two seasons of college basketball didn’t give Smart much of a chance to put his name in the record books statistically, but his iconic shot in the 1987 national championship gave him the name recognition needed to be drafted 41st overall in the 1988 NBA. Drafted by the Golden State Warriors.
Smart ended up playing just two career NBA games, then focused on coaching with assistant coaching jobs in the NBA starting in 2000-01 with the Cleveland Cavaliers. After a few opportunities to be the leader of NBA teams, Smart is now currently a assistant coach under Eric Musselman at Arkansaswhere the Razorbacks finished in the Elite Eight in 2022.