No. 25 favorite 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 25.

Favorite Hoosier?

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. 25 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.)

AJ Guyton (1996-00)

Guard AJ Guyton of Peoria, Ill., ranks fourth on Indiana’s all-time leading scorers list with 2,100 points in 128 games and 4,348 minutes played for the Hoosiers.

Guyton also added 419 rebounds, 403 assists and 129 steals. Although Indiana never made deep runs in the NCAA Tournament during Guyton’s career, the Hoosiers still appeared in the tournament every season with their best showings in 1998 and 1999 advancing to the second round.

During his senior season, Guyton was named Big Ten Co-MVP and was selected to the first-team All-American Team.

After college, Guyton was the 32nd overall pick in the 2000 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls, where he played for two seasons. He briefly played for the Golden State Warriors before his overseas career.

Since his playing days, Guyton was inducted into the Indiana University Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014 and has served in several coaching and sports management roles, including his stint as director of development. players for the Northwestern Wildcats in 2017.

The following year, Guyton became an assistant coach for the Loyola Greyhounds basketball team for one season.

A.J. Guyton

Pat Knight (1990-95)

Guard Pat Knight of Bloomington, Ind. is the son of former head basketball coach Bob Knight. Pat wore a red shirt during the 1991-92 Hoosiers season, but still got to witness the magic of advancing to a Final Four with his dad.

The Hoosiers beat No. 1 seed UCLA to get there, but were ultimately sent home by Duke who won 81-78.

Overall, Pat played 112 games for the Hoosiers, scoring 138 total points and 137 assists.

After Indiana, Pat held several coaching positions, including serving as head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders after his father’s abrupt retirement. Pat coached there for three seasons from 2005 to 2007 before moving to Lamar University to become head coach from 2011 to 2014.

pat knight

pat knight

Race Thompson (2017-current)

Forward Race Thompson of Plymouth, Minn. is currently a starter and two-time team captain for the Hoosiers.

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Thompson has started in 62 of 100 games played for the Hoosiers, scoring 746 total points so far and tallying 563 rebounds. Last season, Thompson finished 10th in the Big Ten with an average of 7.5 rebounds per game.

Thompson will remain in Indiana for another season with partner-in-crime and compatriot Trayce Jackson-Davis. Head coach Mike Woodson welcomes to a premier recruiting class Jalen-Hood Schifino (#22 overall), Malik Reneau (#27 overall) and Kaleb Banks (#84 overall) to team up with Thompson, Jackson-Davis and fellow starters Xavier Johnson and Miller Kopp.

Thompson Race

Thompson Race

Tom Van Arsdale (1962-65)

Forward Tom Van Arsdale of Greenwood, Ind. appeared in 72 games with the Hoosiers, finishing with 1,252 total points for 34th place on Indiana’s all-time leading scorers list.

Van Arsdale was selected in the second round of the 1965 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1966 along with his identical twin brother Dick who also played at Indiana.

Van Arsdale had a 12 year NBA career playing for 5 different teams and was a three consecutive All-Star starting in 1970.

Tom Van Arsdale

Tom Van Arsdale

Honorable mentions:

Tommy Baker (1977-79)

Guard Tommy Baker played under coach Bob Knight for less than two seasons. He shot 42.3% from the field and 58.3% from the free throw line for a total of 87 points.

The native of Jeffersonville, Ind. was fired by Knight with Don Cox and Jim Roberson in the 1978-79 season.

In a 1978 article of the New York Times, Baker said, “You can’t put any of that on the (Knight) man. He was put in a situation where he had to make a decision. There were some team issues. I would like to say jealousy, but only the players really know that.

Tommy Baker

Tommy Baker

Tom Prichard (2008-12)

From Westlake, Ohio, forward Tom Pritchard ended his career as the only Indiana player to play in every game (130) in his four seasons.

Pritchard finished his career ranked 18th in Indiana’s field goal percentage with 52.8%.

During Pritchard’s senior season, the Hoosiers entered their first NCAA Tournament in four seasons qualifying for the Sweet 16 before being defeated by No. 1 seed Kentucky 102-90.

Tom Prichard

Tom Prichard

No. 25 all-time in Indiana

Here are all the players who have worn No. 25 at Indiana:

  • Thompson race — (2017-current)
  • Emmit Holt — (2014-15)
  • Tom Prichard — (2008-12)
  • A.J. Guyton — (1996-00)
  • pat knight — (1990-95)
  • Cam Cameron — (1981-83)
  • Tommy Baker — (1977-79)
  • Bob Bender — (1975-76)
  • Doug Allen — (1972-75)
  • Jeff Stockdale — (1968-71)
  • Ken Newsome — (1965-68)
  • Tom Van Arsdale — (1962-65)
  • Charley Roush — (1960-61)
  • Glen Butte — (1957-60)
  • Clarence Doninger — (1956-57)
  • Burke Scott — (1952-55)
  • Tony Hill — (1949-52)
  • Gordon Neff — (1948-49)
  • Don Dewer — (1945-46)
  • George Milan — (1944-45)
  • Richard Pee — (1943-44)
  • Al Wise — (1941-42)
  • Bill Frey — (1939-40)
  • Ernie Andres — (1937-39)

Vote for your favorite number 25 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 #25.

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