Indiana Basketball: The Best Hoosiers at Every Position in the Last Decade

Kyle GrandFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2014

Indiana Basketball: The Best Hoosiers at Every Position in the Last Decade

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    Indiana is one of the most prestigious college basketball programs in the country. Five national championships, an abundance of conference titles and many, many great players are what makes Indiana one of college basketball's elites.

    Speaking of special players, in the last 10 seasons, there have been plenty of memorable Hoosiers. But who's the best of the best?

    I selected a point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward and a center from the 2004-05 season through the current team to put together the decade's best starting five. 

Point Guard: Yogi Ferrell

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    Yogi Ferrell is the current star of Indiana basketball, but many teams over the past 10 years could have used his services.

    In his first two seasons as a Hoosier, Ferrell has averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. He's also made a respectable 37.5 percent of his three-point attempts.

    Ferrell has all the skills you want in a point guard, and without him, the Hoosiers may not have won a conference game last season. What's exciting for Indiana fans is that he has potentially two seasons left in Bloomington and should continue to get better and better. 

Shooting Guard: Eric Gordon

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    Eric Gordon was IU's best player while suiting up for the Hoosiers.
    Eric Gordon was IU's best player while suiting up for the Hoosiers.Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

    In case you've forgotten about Eric Gordon, he was one of the country's best players during his time as a Hoosier. Before being drafted No. 7 by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2008, Gordon led the Big Ten in scoring at 20.9 points per game. His 669 points scored were an IU and Big Ten freshman record.

    So, yeah, he was a scoring machine.

    He was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten selection and CBSSports.com First Team All-American.

    Along with D.J. White, Gordon was the shining star of a program surrounded by the darkness of the Kelvin Sampson scandal. He's arguably the best offensive talent to play for Indiana in recent memory and is a no-brainer for this list.     

Small Forward: Victor Oladipo

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    A fan favorite during his three years in Bloomington, Victor Oladipo cemented himself into Indiana lore with his nonstop energy, lockdown defense and high-flying dunks

    In his final season, Oladipo averaged 13.6 points 6.3 rebounds and a ridiculous 2.2 steals per game. On top of that, he shot an absurd 59.9 percent from the field (top in the conference) and 44.1 percent from three.  

    Oladipo left Indiana as a First Team All-Big Ten selection, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-American. Also, he went second overall to the Orlando Magic in last year's NBA draft and hasn't disappointed as a professional. 

    Oladipo was one of the driving forces behind Indiana's resurgence and 2013 Big Ten title. He's definitely one of Indiana's best players over the last decade. 

Power Forward: D.J. White

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    D.J. White was a bulldozer in the post. He used his size well (6'9" 251 lbs.) and imposed his will on the opposition. 

    His career numbers of 14.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game are definitely respectable, but his best year by far was his senior season. The big man dropped 17.4 points (second in the conference) and grabbed 10.3 boards (first in the conference) a contest.

    As a senior, White was named the unanimous Big Ten Player of the Year and was selected as a Second Team All-American by CBSSports.com, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and USBWA.

    During his time as a Hoosier, White was the team's rock. He could always be counted on to deliver and is an easy choice for this list. 

Center: Cody Zeller

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    Cody Zeller reenergized the program.
    Cody Zeller reenergized the program.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    Following the Sampson debacle, Indiana's program was in college basketball's cellar. Because of Cody Zeller, the Hoosiers are once again a respectable program. 

    Led by Zeller, the Hoosiers won a conference title and made the Sweet 16 two seasons in a row.

    Zeller did it all for Indiana. He could score (career 16.1 points per game), rebound (career 7.3 rebounds per game) and patrolled the middle on defense. His 59.2 career field-goal percentage is an Indiana record.

    He was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was named an All-American after his sophomore year. The big man made Indiana relevant again, but that alone isn't why he's on this list. His skills down low are the best IU has seen in the last decade.