No. 42 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 42.
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. 42 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.)
Scott May (1973-76)
Sandusky, Ohio forward Scott May stood tall at 6’7″, tallying 1,593 total points for the Hoosiers over three seasons. He ranks 13th on Indiana’s all-time leading scorers list.
In May’s second season, the Hoosiers advanced to the Elite Eight but lost to Kentucky by just two runs to end their NCAA Tournament run.
The following season, the Hoosiers emerged stronger starting with an undefeated regular season (32-0) and ending with Indiana’s third NCAA title and coach Bob Knight’s first to beat Michigan 86-68. .
After college, May was drafted second overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 1976 NBA Draft. He played seven seasons with three different teams before finally playing overseas in Europe before retiring.
John Ritter (1970-73)
Forward John Ritter of Goshen, Ind. was in his second season when Knight took over as head coach. During Ritter’s three seasons at Indiana, he scored 925 total points and shot an impressive 86.2 percent from the charity strip.
In the 1971-72 season, Ritter and the Hoosiers lost in the first round of the NIT, but the following year was a huge jump to the Final Four against UCLA. The Hoosiers lost to the Bruins but won third place against Providence to end Knight’s second year of coaching on a high.
This team also won the Big Ten regular season championship posting an 11-3 conference record. Ritter was the lead captain on both accomplishments.
Kreigh Smith (1984-89)
Forward/guard Kreigh Smith was a high school star at Tipton, which led to his drafting to Indiana where he played 23 games as a rookie. After 253 minutes of play in his freshman year, the 6’7″ Smith suffered a knee injury the following season, earning him a redshirt.
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In the 1986-87 season, Smith and the Hoosiers improved from a first-round appearance the previous season to win the NCAA title over Syracuse for the fifth tournament championship in program history.
Smith continued with the Hoosiers the next two seasons as a reserve and had 214 points, 82 rebounds and 44 assists in his career at Indiana.
Mike Woodson (1976-80)
You must recognize the young man pictured below as former Indiana star forward Mike Woodson and current head coach of the Hoosiers.
The Indianapolis native was recruited by Knight in 1976. Woodson said he wanted to go somewhere he knew he could play, get a good education, and be a short distance from home, so his parents can watch him compete.
In Woodson’s sophomore season, the Hoosiers advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Villanova. The following year, Indiana didn’t make the cut but still finished with a 1979 NIT title against Purdue, where Woodson was the top scorer.
The following year, Woodson and teammate Isiah Thomas led the Hoosiers to a Big Ten regular-season championship (conference record 13-5) and a Sweet 16 appearance against Purdue. This time, the Boilermakers emerged 76-69 winners.
Woodson ranks 5th on Indiana’s all-time leading scorers list with 2,061 points. After college, he was selected 12th overall by the New York Knicks in the 1980 NBA Draft, playing with six teams in 11 years.
Woodson held various coaching positions in the NBA before joining the Hoosiers staff in 2021, where he led the Hoosiers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in six seasons.
No. 42 all-time in Indiana
Here are all the players who have worn No. 42 at Indiana:
- Pierre Jürkin — (2012-14)
- Lou Moore — (1995-96)
- Kreigh Smith — (1984-89)
- Jeans Flowers — (1981-83)
- Craig Bardo — (1980-81)
- mike woodson — (1976-80)
- Scott can — (1973-76)
- John Ritter — (1970-73)
- Rick Atkinson — (1967-70)
- Erv Inniger — (1964-67)
- Ron Pease — (1962-64)
- Charlie Hall — (1959-62)
- Bill Balch — (1956-59)
- Charles Mead — (1953-55)
- Don Henry — (1952-53)
- Ed Sidwell — (1943-44)
- Everett Hoffman — (1940-42)
Vote for your favorite number 42 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 #42.
Favorite results ‘Hoosier’
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