No. 33 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 33.

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. 33 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 24 hours on the poll, then sharing the results on this story the next day, so check back regularly to see the results.)

Tom Abernethy (1972-76)

South Bend, Indiana native Tom Abernethy has had a great run with Indiana, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in three of his four seasons.

In his freshman season, the 6’7″ forward advanced with the Hoosiers to the Final Four, former head coach Bobby Knight’s first trip in his second year coaching at Indiana.

Indiana fell to UCLA, but beat Providence 97-79 for third place. The following 1975 season, Indiana reached the Elite Eight before chasing the NCAA championship against Michigan in the 1976 season.

Abernethy scored 654 points for the Hoosiers in his career with a 53.3 field goal percentage and 68.9 free throw percentage.

He was drafted in the third round of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers and spent a total of five years in the league with the Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Pacers.

Uwe Blab (1981-85)

From Munich, Germany, center Uwe Blab ranks 27th on Indiana’s all-time leading scorers list with 1,357 total points. He had 634 rebounds, 196 blocked shots and 84 assists in his Hoosiers career.

In his sophomore season, Blab helped lead the Hoosiers to a Big Ten regular season championship and a Sweet 16 trip, and an Elite Eight run the following season.

After graduating, Blab was part of the West German men’s basketball team that qualified for the Summer Olympics that year. Eight years later, in 1992, Blab again competed in the Summer Olympics, this time for a unified Germany.

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Among his Olympic career, Blab was drafted 17th overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1985 NBA Draft where he played for four seasons. Later, he played for the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs in his senior season.

Uwe Blab

Pat Graham (1989-94)

Floyd Knobs, Ind., guard Pat Graham played in high school at Floyd Central where he received IndyStar Mr. Basketball, the first in school history.

Graham became part of Coach Bob Knight’s recruiting class of 1989, considered one of the greatest classes in history. Graham qualified for the NCAA Tournament with the Hoosiers in his five seasons, including a first round, Sweet 16, Final Four against Duke, Elite Eight and another Sweet 16 trip.

However, Graham was sidelined for the 1991-92 season due to injury.

Graham finished his Hoosiers career with 890 points while shooting 50.8% from the field, 48% from the three-point line and 85.4% from the free throw line.

Pat Graham

Jerry Memering (1970-73)

Forward/center Jerry Memering of Vincennes, Ind. played under three former coaches Lou Watson, Jerry Oliver and Bob Knight at Indiana.

Memering was a member of the 1973 team that made it to the Final Four, but ultimately lost to UCLA and had to play Providence for a third-place finish. The group also won the Big Ten regular season championship with an 11-3 conference record.

Memering appeared in 46 games for Indiana, shooting 41.2% from the field and 67.7% from the free throw line. He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.

Jerry Memering

No. 33 all-time in Indiana

Here are all the players who have worn No. 33 at Indiana:

  • Jeremy Hollowell — (2012-14)
  • Devan Dumes — (2008-10)
  • Xavier Keeling — (2006-07)
  • Lewis Monroe — (2004-06)
  • mike robert — (2000-05)
  • Rob Hodgson — (1994-95)
  • Pat Graham — (1989-94)
  • Uwe Blab — (1981-85)
  • Eric Kirchner — (1977-79, 1980-81))
  • Trent Apron — (1972-74, 1976-77)
  • Tom Abernethy — (1972-76)
  • Jerry Memering — (1970-73)
  • Ken Johnson — (1967-70)
  • Jack Johnson — (1964-67)
  • Winston Fairfield — (1960-63)
  • Frank Radovitch — (1957-60)
  • Archie Dee — (1955-58)
  • Bill Maetschke — (1953-55)
  • Dick Hendricks — (1952-53)
  • Paul Shields — (1943-44)
  • amstrong curly — (1939-40)

Vote for your favorite number 33 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 #33.

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