Indiana’s Top 40 All-Time Basketball Players: #34 Dean Garrett
Indiana basketball is now less than five weeks away from the start of the 2022-23 season where the Hoosiers have a lot of hype. Let’s focus for now on Indiana’s 34th best basketball player of all time in our Top 40 countdown.
The 6-foot-10 center helped the Hoosiers claim their fifth banner in 1987 and was the team’s fourth-leading scorer. He wasn’t known for his scoring ability in 1986-87, more so his ability to block anything and everything that passed around the rim.
Indiana’s Top 40 Basketball Players of All Time
Dean Garrett (1986-1988)
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Indiana Basketball Career Stats: 13.6 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 3.0 BLK, 53.8 FG%
In the 1987 Hoosiers title chase, Dean Garrett averaged 14.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game while playing 33.0 minutes per game. Garrett was Bob Knight’s anchor in the paint and came out big in the 1987 Final Four vs. UNLV with 18 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. Still, it wasn’t even his best match in an IU uniform.
Garrett’s best game (below) with Indiana basketball came on Jan. 30, 1988, when the Hoosiers faced then-ranked No. 2 in the nation Purdue at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Bob Knight’s team, after winning the 1987 national championship, started the season 10-6, having already lost to three ranked opponents before that game (#2 Kentucky, #16 Iowa, and #7 Michigan). Unfortunately for Purdue, they couldn’t figure out how to slow down senior center Dean Garrett in this game. The Hoosiers’ leading scorer finished the game with 30 points and beat the Boilermakers, 82-79.
Since Garrett only played both seasons for Bob Knight and Indiana basketball before being drafted, he doesn’t end up in the top 10 in many statistical categories for careers at IU, but he ranks in the top two all-time in the following statistical categories in a single season:
Total Blocks – 99 in 1987-88 (1st) & 93 in 1986-87 (2nd)
Blocks per game – 3.4 in 1987-88 (1st) & 2.7 in 1986-87 (2nd)
During his two-year career at Bloomington, Garrett consistently managed to make a name for himself with the sixth-most blocks (192) in IU history and the best blocks-per-game average (3.0 ) in a career at IU. Garrett left Bloomington with a Big Ten Rookie of the Year honor in 1986-87 and All-Big Ten honors in 1987-88 before being drafted 38th overall in the 1988 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns.