Indiana Basketball: Eric Anderson Headlines Latest IU Athletics Hall of Fame Class

One of the greats of the IU basketball program has achieved one of his school’s highest honors.

Sadly, the announcement comes just sixth months after his passing.

Two time Big Ten Champion Eric Anderson headlines the 38th class of inductees to be enshrined into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Perhaps more than anything, Anderson is known as a winner.  The Hoosiers went 101-31 (.765) during the Illinois native’s four years with the program from 1988 to 1992.  That success reached its pinnacle during his senior year when Indiana reached the 1992 Final Four.  Anderson was named the Most Outstanding Player of the West Regional after that 1992 Final Four run.

A success from the start, the 6-foot-9 Anderson was the 1989 Big Ten Freshman of the Year as a key part of a Big Ten championship team that season.

As a junior Anderson was named first team All-Big Ten as part of the 1991 Big Ten championship team.

Anderson is one of only four players in the program’s history to score more than 1,700 points and pull down at least 800 rebounds, joining the prestigious company of Kent Benson and Don Schlundt, along with his teammate Alan Henderson in accomplishing the feat.

Anderson currently ranks 11th in program history in scoring (1,715 points), eighth in rebounds (825) and eighth in blocked shots (136).

After his IU career, Anderson spent two seasons in the NBA with the New York Knicks from 1992 to 1994.

Anderson passed away last December at the age of 48.

FIVE MORE HOOSIERS TO BE INDUCTED

A total of six former IU stars will be inducted, bringing the grand total enshrined into the IU Hall of Fame to 237.

  • Kay Burrus (Field Hockey Coach, 1962-74 and 1975-76; Women’s Basketball Coach, 1963-67)
  • Chris Gartner (Football, 1970-72)
  • Jeff Overton (Men’s Golf, 2002-05)
  • Rose Richmond (Women’s Track and Field, 2000-03)
  • Donnie Thomas (Football, 1973-75)

The six new members of the Hall of Fame will be officially inducted at the annual Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, Sept. 20.  They will also be recognized at halftime of the University of Connecticut football game at Memorial Stadium the following day.

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