No. 32 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 32.
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. 32 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.)
Eric Anderson (1988-92)
Chicago, Ill., forward/center Eric Anderson is Indiana’s 11th all-time leading scorer with 1,715 total points in 118 starts in 131 games played.
Nicknamed “Big E”, Anderson recorded 826 rebounds, 121 assists and 76 steals for the Hoosiers.
Under former head coach Bob Knight, Anderson and the Hoosiers have made it to the NCAA Tournament in the center’s four seasons, including Indiana’s best performance in that span, the appearance of the 1992 Final Four against Duke.
Duke, seeded No. 1, took the win over Indiana 81-78. Despite the loss, Anderson was named the tournament’s West Region MVP.
Anderson then played for the New York Knicks as an undrafted free agent before his playing career in Europe and later at Fort Wayne Fury before his retirement in 1998.
He died in December 2018 at the age of 48.
Steve Downing (1970-73)
Center Steve Downing ranks 37th on Indiana’s all-time leading scorers list with 1,220 points. The Indianapolis native had 889 rebounds and 60 assists for Indiana.
In the 1970-71 season, Downing recorded Indiana’s first triple-double with 28 points, 17 rebounds and 10 blocks in an 88-79 win over the Michigan Wolverines.
For his senior season, Downing and the Hoosiers advanced to coach Bob Knight’s first Final Four in 1973, but were eliminated from the tournament by UCLA. Indiana played for third place, beating Providence 97-79.
That season, Downing received the Chicago Tribune Silver Basketball Award as the Big Ten’s top player.
Downing then played two seasons with the Boston Celtics where he won an NBA championship in 1974. He is currently athletic director at Marian University in Indianapolis.
Kyle Hornby (1998-03)
Kyle Hornsby, a native of Anacoco, La., played on four of Indiana’s NCAA Tournament teams, including a pair of first-round trips, a title game appearance and a second-round run.
The guard/forward helped his Hoosiers to a one-point Sweet 16 victory over No. 1-seeded Duke in 2002 to ultimately advance to the title game against Maryland, which won 64-52 .
Hornsby recorded 792 points for the Hoosiers along with 297 rebounds and 173 assists during his career.
He now lives in Bloomington where he is a physician specializing in cardiac and vascular care for Southern Indiana Physicians Cardiology.
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Landon Turner (1978-82)
Indianapolis native Landon Turner received about 300 college offer letters but was stuck between Purdue and Indiana.
Turner’s father was a fan of Bobby Knight, so that’s where Turner’s storied college career began.
Knight once said he thought Turner might be the best player he ever coached, but was annoyed by his flippant attitude benching him for part of his junior season.
In the 1981 NCAA Tournament, Turner formed a dynamite trio with teammates Isiah Thomas and Ray Tolbert. The Hoosiers then knocked out second seed North Carolina 63-50 for the title. Turner was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Prior to the 1981-82 season, Turner suffered a serious car accident which permanently crippled his legs. Knight developed a close relationship with Turner during his recovery and even named him team captain for the 1981-82 season.
The Boston Celtics honored Turner by drafting him as the 225th overall pick at Knight’s request in 1982.
Turner was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.
Derek Elston (2009-13)
Forward Derek Elston of Tipton, Ind. was part of Indiana’s Sweet 16 races in 2012 and 2013 as well as a Big Ten regular season championship in 2013.
Elston had 490 points and 338 rebounds for the Hoosiers. He played professionally overseas for two seasons, but is now back home as Indiana Basketball’s director of player development.
Steve Eyl (1984-88)
Steve Eyl, a Hamilton, Ohio native, was a member of the 1987 NCAA championship team when Indiana beat No. 2 Syracuse by one point for coach Bobby Knight’s third national title and fifth overall for Indiana.
Although not a consistent starter throughout his career, Eyl shot 56.9% from the field and 56.2% from the free throw line totaling 399 points for Indiana.
Trey Galloway (2020-current)
Current Indiana guard Trey Galloway came to the Hoosiers from Culver, Indiana, playing 25 games with seven starts in his first season.
Last season, the guard was sidelined for 15 games with a myriad of injuries, including a broken wrist that required surgery in November 2021. After the season, Galloway underwent groin surgery in June 2022. Her full recovery date is yet to be determined.
So far, Galloway is shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 69.2 percent from the free throw line for 199 points in his Hoosiers career.
No. 32 all-time in Indiana
Here are all the players who have worn number 32 at Indiana:
- Trey Galloway — (2020-current)
- Derek Elston — (2009-13)
- broderick lewis — (2008-09)
- Eli Holman — (2007-08)
- Joey Shaw — (2005-07)
- Kyle Hornby — (1998-03)
- Robbie Egger — (1993-98)
- Eric Anderson — (1988-92)
- Steve Eyl — (1984-88)
- Landon Turner — (1978-82)
- Mark Haymore — (1974-76)
- Steve Downing — (1970-73)
- mike noland — (1967-69)
- Jim Houlihan — (1966-67)
- Frank Everett — (1965-66)
- Jack Johnson — (1964-67)
- Ron Peyser — (1962-65)
- Ernie Wilhoit — (1959-62)
- Gene Flowers — (1956-59)
- Dick Custer — (1955-56)
- Dick Kirkpatrick — (1954-55)
- Warren Fisher — (1953-56)
- James Copeland — (1944-46)
- Bob Ravensburg — (1943-44)
- Maurice Stoehler — (1942-43)
- Herm Schäfer — (1939-41)
Vote for your favorite number 32 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 #32.
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