Keith Smart headlines IU Athletics 2017 Hall of Fame class

  • 09/27/2017 12:25 pm in

IU Athletics announced six inductees for the 2017 Hall of Fame class on Wednesday, highlighted by former basketball standout Keith Smart.

Joining Smart in the 2017 Hall of Fame class are Danielle Carruthers (Women’s Track & Field, 2000-2003), Isabella Hutchison (Women’s Administrator, 1979-1994), Ernest Jones (Football 1984-1987), Ken Kaczmarek (Football, 1965-1967) and Don Padgett II (Men’s Golf, 1969-1971).

The class will be inducted on Friday, Nov. 3 and also honored at halftime of the Indiana-Wisconsin football game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 4.

“We are thrilled to welcome these legends into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame,” IU Athletics Director Fred Glass said in a release. “This is a tremendous class of inductees whose contributions to IU Athletics represent the best of our championship heritage. Congratulations to each of these Hoosier legends who left an indelible mark on IU Athletics.”

Smart, who played at IU from 1986-88, hit the game winning shot in IU’s 74-73 national championship win over Syracuse in 1987.

The 53-year old native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is currently on the Memphis Grizzlies coaching staff. He previously served as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings.

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  • pcantidote

    Who is Keith Smart? What did he ever do? Honestly though, that is the first time I’ve ever seen his name as “J. Keith Smart”. Did not know that. I thought his first name was Ice Cold.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    admittedly i only know one of the names on the list but congrats to all. i still remember exactly where i was and how darn good it felt when KS hit that shot. was truly a ‘shining moment’ for me.

    for the record, i was laying on the floor of my living room, decked out in shag carpet and fake wood paneling, right in front of the tv, which was encased in a big wooden cabinet, devoid of remote control. my old man was there too, sitting behind me our floral print sofa, Milwaukee’s Best in hand. we were both shouting uncontrollably when that shot went down. thank you KS for that great memory.

  • John D Murphy

    Congrats to all. Loved Ernie “Indiana” Jones. Smarts shot almost killed me. I was in the process of being trampled by the crowd in showalter fountain when some big guy that had just stepped on me saw me and dragged me free. Thanks to Keith and my personal Samaritan