No. 31 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 31.

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. 31 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.)

Tony Brown (1979-83)

Chicago, Illinois guard Tony Brown played under former head coach Bobby Knight for four seasons. During Brown’s time at Indiana, he made it to the NCAA Tournament every year, including the Hoosiers’ 1981 championship victory over second-seeded North Carolina.

As a Hoosier, Brown shot 45.9% from the field and a creditable 70.5% from the charity strip. During his senior season, Brown started 18 of 29 games and was part of the 1983 Sweet 16 appearance against Kentucky that beat Indiana for the second time in eight years in the NCAA.

The Hoosiers were the Big Ten regular season champions for Brown’s freshman, sophomore and senior seasons.

Tony Brown

Thomas Bryant (2015-17)

Thomas Bryant of Rochester, NY played and started all 35 games as a rookie. In the Sweet 16 round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, the center scored 12 points and added eight rebounds against North Carolina who beat Indiana 101-86.

Bryant was named a third-team All-Big Ten by coaches and an All-Big Ten honorable mention by media. He was also part of the Big Ten All-Freshman team. Bryant finished the season with Indiana’s single-season field goal percentage record of 68.3% in all games.

Bryant was named a preseason All-American by and Blue Ribbon Magazine to begin his sophomore season, which consisted of seven double-doubles and third-team All-Big Ten honors.

He finished his Hoosiers career with a 59.2 field goal percentage and shot 71.8 percent from the free throw line.

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Bryant was drafted 42nd overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2017 NBA Draft. He was assigned to the South Bay Lakers G League team before being claimed on waivers by the Washington Wizards in 2018.

After playing with Washington for four seasons, Bryant returned to the Lakers in 2022.

Thomas Bryant

Thomas Bryant

John Laskowski (1972-75)

Sixth-man guard John Laskowski of South Bend, Ind. came off the bench to score six times in the 20s and doubled the numbers 40 times during his Hoosiers career, earning him the nickname “Super-Sub”.

Laskowkski advanced to the 1973 Final Four game with the Hoosiers, but was eliminated by UCLA to play and earn third place against Providence.

His senior season consisted of an undefeated regular season and another NCAA Tournament deep run, which was cut short by Kentucky. The Wildcats won by two runs to send the No. 1-seeded Hoosiers packing their bags in the Elite Eight round.

Laskowski was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the 1975 NBA Draft and played with them for two seasons. Following his playing career, he served as play-by-play and color commentator for Indiana basketball games on the Big Ten Network and was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.

He also wrote the book “Tales From the Hoosier Locker Room” published in 2003.

John Laskowski

John Laskowski

No. 31 all-time in Indiana

Here are all the players who have worn number 31 at Indiana:

  • Thomas Bryant — (2015-17)
  • Cem Dinc — (2005-06)
  • Daryl Pegram— (2002-03)
  • David Miner — (1986-87)
  • Tony Brown— (1979-83)
  • Scott Eells— (1975-79)
  • John Laskowski – (1972-75)
  • Bill DeHeer— (1966-69)
  • Jim Sutton— (1961-64)
  • Dick Sparks— (1961-62)
  • Norb Witte — (1957-60)
  • Jim Hinds— (1956-58)
  • Pete Obremskey — (1955-58)
  • Paul Poff— (1952-55)
  • Dick Farley— (1951-54)

Vote for your favorite number 31 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 #31.

Favorite results ‘Hoosier’

Check this story daily to see which players won the vote for each respective number.

History of ‘Hoosier’ favorite results CLICK HERE

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