No. 34 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 34.

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. 34 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.)

Brian Evans (1991-96)

Forward Brian Evans of Terre Haute, Ind. ranks 12th on Indiana’s all-time leading scorers list with 1,701 points over four seasons and NCAA Tournament appearances.

While at Indiana, Evans shot 44.9% from the field, 40.8% from three and 80% from the free throw line. He also had 750 rebounds and 332 assists.

The Hoosiers’ best tournament performance during Evans’ time at Indiana came in the 1993 season, when No. 1 seed Indiana advanced to the Elite Eight. No. 2 Kansas sent the Hoosiers packing after winning 83-77.

During his senior season, Evans was named Third Team All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year before being drafted 27th overall in the 1996 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic. Evans then began his career overseas with various teams. In 2018 he was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Brian Evans

Steve Green (1972-75)

Forward Steve Green of Milan, Ind. was former head coach Bob Knight’s first signing in 1971. Green went on to play with the Hoosiers for three seasons, making a trip to the Final Four in 1973 and one to the Elite Eight in 1975.

Green ranks 33rd on Indiana’s all-time leading scorers list with 1,265 points. He shot an impressive 53.8% from the field and 76% from the free throw line.

After his final season with the Hoosiers, Green was selected by the Utah Stars in the 1975 American Basketball Association Draft and by the Chicago Bulls as the 12th pick in the 1975 NBA Draft.

Green then played with the Indiana Pacers for three years before his only season playing abroad in Italy.

steve green

steve green

Butch Joyner (1965-68)

Harry “Butch” Joyner played under head coach Lou Watson during his time at Indiana. The forward from New Castle, Ind. totaled 1,030 points, ranking 53rd on the Hoosiers’ all-time leading scorers list. Joyner also had 612 rebounds.

In his sophomore season, Joyner and the Hoosiers lost in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament to Virginia Tech, but were victorious over Tennessee in the regional game for third place 51-44.

After Joyner’s college career, he played two games with the Indiana Pacers.

Butch Joyner

Butch Joyner

Don Schlundt (1951-55)

Don Schlundt, a 6’9″ center from South Bend, Ind. was an All-American from 1953 through the 1955 season. He also led the Hoosiers to their second NCAA championship by beating Kansas by one point.

When Schlundt graduated, he was the Hoosiers’ all-time leading scorer with 2,192 points, but was later passed by Steve Alford and Calbert Cheaney.

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Rather than pursue a basketball career, Schlundt chose to go into business after college. He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982. Schlundt died of cancer soon after in 1985.

Don Schlundt

Don Schlundt

Honorable mentions:

Lawrence Funderburke (1989-90)

Lawrence Funderburke of Columbus, Ohio only spent half a season with the Hoosiers after a clash with Coach Knight in practice. The forward transferred to Ohio State where he helped lead the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title in 1992.

After school, Funderburke was drafted in the second round of the 1994 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings, honing his game in Europe until he was ready to join the team in 1997.

He was waived in 2004 and played for the Chicago Bulls for two games before retiring in 2005.

Lawrence Funder Burke

Lawrence Funder Burke

Andre Harris (1985-86)

Grand Rapids, Michigan native Andre Harris spent just one season with the Hoosiers, starting in 55 of 59 games and leading the team in rebounds with 351.

Harris decided to transfer to Austin Peay where he played for one season.

Andre Harris

Andre Harris

Steve Risley (1977-81)

Indianapolis forward Steve Risley played 118 games with the Hoosiers over four seasons. The striker shot 47.9% from the field and 64.7% from the free-throw line.

In his second season, Risley and the Hoosiers won their first and only NIT title by defeating Purdue 53-52. Two seasons later, in 1981, the Hoosiers won their fourth NCAA title after defeating North Carolina 63-50.

Risley, the 1977 Indiana All-Star was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.

Steve Risley

Steve Risley

Rich Valavicius (1975-77)

Rich Valavicius, a forward from Hammond, Ind., played on the Hoosiers’ 1976 NCAA championship team as a rookie. Indiana beat Michigan 86-68 for its fourth NCAA title and coach Bob Knight’s first with the Hoosiers.

After the season, Valavicius was traded to Auburn.

Rich Valavicius

Rich Valavicius

Indiana’s all-time number 34

Here are all the players who have worn No. 34 at Indiana:

  • Malik’s story — (2008-09)
  • Adam Ahlfeld — (2004-08)
  • Ryan Tapac — (2001-05)
  • Brian Evans — (1991-96)
  • Lawrence Funderburke — (1989-90)
  • Andre Harris — (1985-86)
  • Steve Risley — (1977-81)
  • Rich Valavicius — (1975-77)
  • steve green — (1972-75)
  • Ben Niles — (1968-70)
  • Harry “Butch” Joyner — (1965-68)
  • David Dickerson — (1964-65)
  • Don Schlundt — (1951-55)
  • Bob Lollar — (1946-49)
  • Marv Huffman — (1939-40)

Vote for your favorite number 34 on Twitter

You will be able to vote on Twitter for your favorite player with each number. Here’s the link to today’s poll for #34.

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