No. 35 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 35.
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. 35 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.)
Walt Bellamy (1958-61)
Walt Bellamy, a native of New Bern, North Carolina, ranks 20th on Indiana’s all-time leading scorers list with 1,441 points. He also ranks second in all-time rebounds with a total of 1,087 boards, just four behind Alan Henderson.
Bellamy was named All-American and All-Big Ten in 1960 and 1961. Center won an Olympic gold medal in 1961 with Team USA and, after graduating from Indiana, went on to was drafted first overall in the 1961 NBA draft by the Chicago Packers. There he won NBA Rookie of the Year in 1962 with an average of 31.6 points per game.
Bellamy played in the NBA for 14 seasons, finishing with 20,941 career points. It’s no surprise that he was inducted into the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1982.
Kirk Haston (1998-2001)
Kirk Haston of Lobleville, Tennessee was named Class A Mr. Basketball his senior year of high school before joining coach Bob Knight’s team and later Mike Davis’ Hoosiers.
The forward/center led the Big Ten in the 2000-01 season with 626 points to earn him a third-team All-American selection. Haston now sits 23rd on Indiana’s all-time leading scorers list with 1,406 points.
In the 2001 NBA Draft, Haston was selected 16th overall by the Charlotte Hornets and would play in the NBA for two years before having further stints with non-NBA affiliated teams.
Haston published his book “Days of Knight: How the General Changed My Life” in 2016 and even won the endorsement of Knight himself during his 2018 campaign for the Tennessee House of Representatives.
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George McGinnis (1970-71)
Indianapolis forward George McGinnis only played one season with the Hoosiers under head coach Lou Watson but certainly left his mark at the top of the Big Ten scoring with 719 points and rebounding with 352 in one season.
He earned All-American and All-Big Ten honors in 1971 before joining the ABA’s Indiana Pacers. After two successful seasons, McGinnis was drafted 22nd overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1973 NBA Draft. He played for the Denver Nuggets and also the Pacers once more before his NBA retirement in 1982.
McGinnis was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.
Tim Priller (2014-18)
Forward Tim Priller came from North Richland Hills, Texas to join the Hoosiers in 2014 where he played 35 career games playing a total of 71 minutes.
While he may not have been a major contributor, he was still a member of the 2015 and 2016 NCAA Tournament running teams. You may recall Hoosier fans cheering his name for come off the bench when Indiana had enough buckets.
No. 35 all-time in Indiana
Here are all the players who have worn No. 35 at Indiana:
- Tim Priller — (2014-18)
- Kirk Haston — (1998-2001)
- Jeff Olifant — (1986-90)
- Don Noort — (1972-75)
- George McGinnis — (1970-71)
- Bill Stenberg — (1966-69)
- Ron McMains — (1964-66)
- Walt Bellamy — (1958-61)
- Dick Neal — (1954-57)
- Lou Scott — (1951-54)
- Al Kravolansky — (1944-47)
- Bob Hines — (1941-43)
- William Menke — (1939-41)
Vote for your favorite number 35 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 #35.
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