17. Larry Bird
A former Hoosier, though the “Hick from French Lick” makes the list for his glory days at Indiana State, the last time–and perhaps the only time ever–that the Sycamores reach the heights of playing in the NCAA title game. Bird transferred from Indiana to State to escape the team-first, military stylings of the dictatorial Bobby Knight.
Allowed to be the singular star, Bird flourished with the Sycamores, averaging over 30 points, 13 rebounds, 6 rebounds and three steals per game in his three campaigns there. As noted, Bird’s 1979 title showdown with Magic was a culture-changing game for NCAA basketball.