BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Welcome back to our summer series where Hoosier basketball fans can vote on their favorite Indiana players to ever wear each number. Today, we resume with all the best to wear No. 54.
Every day we’re going to give you four choices along with a short player bio to pick your favorite Hoosier who wore a certain number.
Here are your four No. 54 jersey choices in alphabetical order so that we’re not showing bias. Be sure to take the poll below via Twitter.
(Editor’s Note: We’ll take results for 24 hours on the poll and then share results on this story the next day, so keep coming back to see the results.)
Center Kent Benson out of New Castle, Ind. ranks ninth on Indiana’s all-time leading scorers list with 1,740 points in four seasons with the Hoosiers.
Benson shot 53.6 percent from the field and 71.5 percent from the free throw line. He also ranked third in all-time rebounds with 1,031 behind Walt Bellamy and Alan Henderson.
Benson is a member of the 1975 Elite Eight team and also the 1976 national championship team when Indiana defeated Michigan 86-68 for Coach Bob Knight’s first NCAA title after a perfect 32-0 season.
He was named the 1976 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player. Following his final season at Indiana in 1977, Benson was the No. 1 overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1977 NBA draft.
The former Indiana Mr. Basketball played 11 years in the NBA with three different teams before heading overseas to play for one season.
Forward Steve Bouchie was named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball at Washington High School in 1979 before coming to Indiana for his 1979-80 freshman season.
Under Coach Knight, Bouchie helped lead the team to two Big Ten regular season titles in 1981 and 1983 plus four NCAA Tournament appearances.
Bouchie and the Hoosiers were on fire for his collegiate career as Indiana advanced to the Sweet 16, won the 1981 title game against North Carolina, played in a second round appearance and finally had a Sweet 16 run Bouchie’s senior year.
Following his stellar run with Indiana, he was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1983. Bouchie also played professionally in Italy before a hand injury ended his career.
In 2020, the decorated player died of a sudden heart attack over Fourth of July weekend.
Bloomington, Ind. native Chris Lawson only played at Indiana for two seasons primarily off the bench.
The center/forward totaled 195 points, 129 rebounds and was a part of the Hoosiers’ 1990 first round NCAA tournament appearance and a Sweet 16 run the following year where Indiana also claimed the Big Ten regular season title posting a 29-5 record.
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Lawson transferred to Vanderbilt for his final two years of eligibility where the Commodores made the Sweet 16 his junior year and the NIT finals his senior year.
Franklin, Ind. native Jon McGlocklin is like a Swiss army knife listed as a forward, center and guard on the roster.
In three seasons, he racked up 873 career points and 343 rebounds for Indiana. He shot an impressive 79.6 percent from the charity stripe and then 48.5 percent from the field.
While McGlocklin was a Hoosier under coach Branch McCracken, Indiana didn’t advance to any NCAA tournaments or win any conference titles but still had some great winning seasons.
Here are all of the players who have worn No. 51 at Indiana:
Here are all of the players who have worn No. 52 at Indiana:
Here are all of the players who have worn No. 53 at Indiana:
Here are all of the players who have worn No. 54 at Indiana:
Here are all of the players who have worn No. 55 at Indiana:
You’ll be able to vote on Twitter for your favorite player with each number. Here’s the link to today’s poll for No. 54.
Check this story every day to see which players won the vote for each respective number.
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