Indiana Men's Basketball: Top 10 Hoosier Hoopers of the 21st Century

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Top Hoosier Hoopers of the 21st Century: 10-6

10. Jordan Hulls

YEARS PLAYED: 2009 - 2013 (4 Seasons)

CAREER STATS: 135 GP (121 GS), 28.9 MPG, 9.8 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.7 APG, 0.1 BPG, 0.9 SPG, 46.6 FG%/44.1 3%/85.9 FT%

RANKING RATIONALE: Arguably the greatest shooter in the history of this program, Hulls was the embodiment of everything Indiana basketball stands for. What he lacked in size he more than made up for in heart, hustle, IQ, and bonafide toughness. Jump shots were essentially layups for Jordan during his time in B-Town, and if he was left open for even a split second he was practically automatic.

9. Christian Watford

YEARS PLAYED: 2009 - 2013 (4 Seasons)

CAREER STATS: 132 GP (130 GS), 28.5 MPG, 13.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.5 BPG, 0.7 SPG, 41.1 FG%/42.3 3%, 81.8 FT%

RANKING RATIONALE: Most recounts of Christian Watford's time in B-Town are directly correlated to his program-defining game winner versus Kentucky, but he did so much more than that to get IU back on the map. His first two campaigns with the Hoosiers were forgettable (22-41 combined record), but Watford was one of the sole silver linings (he was the team's leading scorer in his sophomore season of 2010-2011) that fans could cling to when they needed hope for the future. His jumper was his calling card, but he had the size and sneaky athleticism to impact the game in a variety of ways beyond scoring.

8. D.J. White

YEARS PLAYED: 2004 - 2008 (4 Seasons)

CAREER STATS: 99 GP (97 GS), 30.6 MPG, 14.6 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 2.0 BPG, 0.7 SPG, 56.2 FG%/33.3 3%/69.0 FT%

RANKING RATIONALE: The 2007-2008 Big Ten Player of the Year was always a handful for opponents to contain. White flourished during his time at Indiana, which came during the era of traditional big men. The modern game may have shifted away from classic centers of D.J.'s mold and make, but HoosierNation was blessed to have such a dominant behemoth on both ends of the floor.

7. Cody Zeller

YEARS PLAYED: 2011 - 2013 (2 Seasons)

CAREER STATS: 72 GP (72 GS), 29.0 MPG, 16.1 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 1.2 BPG, 1.2 SPG, 59.2 FG%/0 3%/75.6 FT%

RANKING RATIONALE: Sticking to the trend of traditional big men, Indiana's Mr. Basketball in 2011 was the first major recruiting domino to fall during IU's renaissance period. Similar to White, Zeller lacked a formidable shooting stroke but possessed an expansive skillset on the interior. The way that he galloped up and down the floor was a thing of beauty, and his footwork in the post was that of a seasoned vet immediately upon arrival at Assembly Hall.

6. OG Anunoby

YEARS PLAYED: 2015 - 2017 (2 Seasons)

CAREER STATS: 50 GP (10 GS), 17.4 MPG, 6.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.9 BPG, 1.0 SPG, 56.3 FG%/36.5 3%/52.2 FT%

RANKING RATIONALE: OG Anunoby's ascension from unheralded high school prospect to NBA lottery pick was truly inspirational. His quirky game did not produce a ton of statistics during his collegiate years, but the current member of the New York Knickerbockers always found ways to get the job done and make his presence felt on both ends (particularly the less glamorous one) while he was formerly a member of the Hoo-Hoo-Hoo-Hoosiers.