Indiana’s Top 40 Basketball Players of All Time: #32 Randy Wittman
The 2022-23 season is approaching a month before kickoff, and now we reveal Indiana’s 32nd best basketball player of all time. This all-time great Hoosier went on to have a 10-year playing career in the NBA and a 26-year coaching career as an NBA head coach and assistant coach.
Before making a huge impact as an NBA professional, this local Hoosier played a major role in the 1981 national championship program, as well as Indiana’s basketball leading scorer in his fifth and last season in Bloomington.
Indiana’s Top 40 Basketball Players of All Time
Randy Wittman (1978-1983)
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Indiana Basketball Career Stats: 11.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 3.2 APG, 52.4 FG%
Randy Wittman was the third-leading scorer on the 1981 National Championship team for Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers and also had 16 points in the title game against North Carolina, while backcourt teammate Isiah Thomas had 23 points and four steals.
When Bob Knight returned to Assembly Hall in 2020, Wittman and now head coach Mike Woodson spoke to the media (below) about his return and what it means for Indiana basketball and the impact it had on the program as a whole.
In addition to landing in the top 10 in the following statistical categories, Wittman scored the 15th most points (1,569) in Indiana basketball program history:
Games – 133 (tied for 3rd)
Minutes played – 4,689 (1st)
Field goals – 649 (9th)
Aids – 432 (7th)
Minutes played per game – 35.3 (3rd)
After leaving Bloomington, Wittman was drafted 10th overall from the Washington Bullets and played 10 seasons in the NBA and averaged up to 12.9 points and 34.1 minutes. The IU legend also had the opportunity to be the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers (1999-2001), Minnesota Timberwolves (2006-2009) and Washington Wizards (2011-2016) where he totaled 278 career wins.