Your participation in this exercise would be greatly appreciated

  • 07/28/2008 7:00 am in

Back in the summer of 2007 (we say that like it was so long ago), we formed Inside the Hall as a place to talk Hoosier basketball 365 days a year. We’re now officially in the dog days of summer: the AAU circuit is wrapping up, the former Hoosiers have found their new homes and the new coaching staff is finally settling into their offices in Bloomington.

With that said, we’ve been forced to go to the drawing board for some creative ideas to keep the discussion moving forward. And luckily, we’ve managed to do that in a manner that we think you’ll enjoy.

Here’s the task: Counting down the top 10 players to ever don the cream and crimson. It’s going to work like this: You give us your lists in the comments and your input will count as 1/4 of the final result. The three of us will also make our lists and we’ll put this information together and count down the top 10.

Those of you who are already actively commenting, keep doing your thing. Those of you who read everyday and never comment, now is the time to enter the conversation. (If you’re not sure how to get started with the whole commenting thing, click here.) We’ll give it until Saturday to allow the lists to come in and then we’ll get started with the festivities next week. Now, get to work on those lists, boys and girls.

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  • DJW

    I just finished the book “Mac's Boys”. It the book about Branch McCracken
    and the Legendary 1953 Hurryin Hoosiers.

    I brought it online for almost pennies and it came like a new book.

    The book was outsatnding and tells great stories about Branch, Slick Leonard
    Schlundt and others on that team. Lots of mentioning of the old Bloomington
    and the campus that you would dearly remember.

    I have two boys presently at IU…senior and junior.

    I too have followed IU since I was a young boy (born 4/27/47) but Walt
    Bellamy is about as far back as I can remember even though Schlundt was from South
    Bend where I was born and raised, I was on campus for the U Conn game this
    last year and went to the game…first ever.

    Hoosier Basketball is part of my soul and I am so excited with the new coach
    coming in.

    I truly regret Bob Knight's demise as he was all part of IU great tradition.

    I have an appointment in 15 min otherwise I could chat with you forever
    about IU basketball.

    Thanks for the reply.

    In a message dated 8/2/2008 12:14:12 P.M. US Eastern Standard Time,

  • Outoftheloop

    Thanks for the note. Let's talk sometime. Rick

    Rick Darby
    email: [email protected]

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    I started to watch Indiana basketball in 1967. I was nine years old.
    My first game was the Michigan game on Feb 17, 1967. A 98-92 win for the Hoosiers.
    My favorite IU team was the 1972-73 Hoosiers that went to the 1973 NCAA Final Four.
    The top ten IU players I have selected are those I watched play for the Cream and Crimson. All the following players also used their eligibility.

    #1 Steve Downing……. 47pts/25reb game with Kentucky in1972. Played the game basically on one leg.

    #2 Steve Green………… First Knight recruit Green and May were the best forwards I have ever seen on the same team. The 75 team was the best College Basketball team I have ever watched.

    #3 Mike Woodson…….. Had a great feather touch shooting the basketball. I really enjoyed his bank shot. The bank shot is a lost art.

    #4 Kent Benson ……. The big fellow fit the middle. Had a great sweeping hook. This shot is also from long gone days.

    #5 Ray Tolbert I remember the comments that he would not last a week with
    Coach Knight ! A reat athlete.

    #6 Randy Wittman …….. Had a great floor presence.

    #7 Alan Henderson ……… A real gem for four years.

    #8 Calbert Cheaney ….. Got a lot out of his abilities

    #9 Damon Bailey … .. Coach Knight should have let him run the team the first day of his career. I think Coach Knight never got over Damon’s popularity. The irony is that Coach Knight started that popularity when Damon was in eighth grade!!

    #10 Steve Alford…….Got a lot out of his abilities! A real Indiana gym rat. We need
    more of his types on future Hoosier teams.

  • Chuck Mount

    Place George Mcginnis on the 1973 final four team and John Wooden would have one less National Championship banner.