Indiana’s Top 40 All-Time Basketball Players: #31 Brian Evans
31 days until Indiana basketball kicks off its 2022-23 season and now we reveal the 31st greatest player of all time. This Hoosier who landed just outside the top 30 carried Indiana’s basketball program as Bob Knight and the Hoosiers went on a string of first-round outings in the mid-’90s.
Indiana’s Top 40 Basketball Players of All Time
Brian Evans (1992-1996)
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Indiana Basketball Career Stats: 13.7 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.5 3PM, 40.8 3P%
Brian Evans currently ranks 12th on the all-time scoring list for Indiana basketball in school history, with 1,701 total points scored in his four seasons. In his combined junior and senior seasons, Evans averaged 19.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, and shot 40.4 percent from behind the arc.
In his penultimate NCAA Tournament game of his careerEvans started for 24 points and four scored three-pointers in the first-round loss to Missouri in 1995. While it wasn’t enough for the Hoosiers to advance, Evans showed his true talent and ability during his junior season, and showed what was to come in his epic senior season.
The Terre Haute, Indiana forward scored the 12th-most points (658 in 1995-96) in a single season, as well as the eighth-most points (399 in 1995-96) in a single conference season. Evans also ranks in the top 10 in the following statistical categories in a career in the history of the Indiana basketball program:
Three-point field goals – 186 (tied for 8th)
Three-point field goal attempts – 456 (9th)
Free throw percentage – 80.0% (7th)
Actual Shooting Percentage – 57.2% (9th)
After finishing his senior season averaging 21.2 points and 7.1 rebounds and earning first-team All-Big Ten and Big Ten Player of the Year honors, Evans was drafted 27th overall by the Orlando. Magic in the 1996 NBA draft. Although he had a short NBA career of 3 yearsEvans had a fairly lasting impact on Indiana’s basketball program prior to Bob Knight’s release.