Indiana basketball all-time Bob Knight team: Small Forward
It seems surreal that Scott May only played three seasons with the Hoosiers because of what he accomplished. Beginning his career back in 1973, he was Knight’s very real star with the Hoosiers, playing a major role in that undefeated national championship just three years later.
May was already a First Team All-American as a sophomore, but his junior year certainly rewrote the record books. Averaging 23.5 points and 7.7 rebounds a game, he was named AP Player of the Year and led the Hoosiers to an undefeated title, earning NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors as well. May was by far the best college basketball player that year and still stands out perhaps as the best Hoosier basketball player of all time.
Calbert Cheaney is the current director of player development for the Hoosiers, returning to Bloomington thirty years after becoming Indiana’s best scorer in program history. A former high school star in Evansville, he departed the campus in 1993 with 2,613 career points, a mark that still has not been eclipsed in school history.
Cheaney averaged 21.6 points per game as a sophomore and led the Hoosiers to the Final Four as a junior, though his senior season really was the moneymaker. Not only did he average 22.4 points and 6.4 rebounds a game, but he was named AP Player of the Year and won numerous other awards. He left school as one of the best scorers in the history of the Big Ten and remains one of the most impactful weapons that Knight ever had in his coaching career.