BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – We all have our favorite Indiana basketball players over the years, some more than others. These love stories have had us racing to buy jerseys with these numbers through countless generations.
And as we wait patiently – or not too patiently – for another basketball season to roll out in November, we thought now would be a good time to do a little polling.
Each day we’re going to give you four choices to pick your favorite Hoosier who wore a certain number, starting today with #0. We know there will be recency bias, but we’ve tried to narrow it down for you by giving you four choices. So it should be a lot of fun.
Here are your four picks, in alphabetical order so we don’t show any bias, and there’s a poll to take below. There aren’t many number 0s in Indiana history, as the NCAA didn’t allow the number to be worn until 2010.
(Editor’s note: We’ll be taking results for 48 hours on the poll, then sharing the results on this story the next day, so check back to each one to see the results.)
Max Bielfeldt (2015-16)
A native of Peoria, Illinois, forward Max Bielfeldt played four seasons at Michigan before moving to Indiana for his lone senior season as a redshirt.
While just a Hoosier for a short time, he quickly became a huge fan favorite and won the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year after playing 35 games and making five starts.
Indiana won the Big Ten that year under Tom Crean, going 15-3 in the league and finishing two games ahead of Michigan State and three past Purdue, Maryland, Iowa and Wisconsin.
Bielfeldt also had a great run at the NCAA Tournament. He scored 10 points and added seven rebounds against Chattanooga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and had 15 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the 3-point line against North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals.
Xavier Johnson (2021-present)
Current point guard Xavier Johnson is the latest Hoosier to wear No. 0, and after a slow start to his first season in Bloomington a year ago, IU’s friends have firmly embraced him as one of their favorites. .
He played three seasons at Pitt before moving to Indiana last season. Johnson started in 34 games during the 2021-22 season and was second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.1 points per game.
He ranked third in the Big Ten with an average of 5.1 assists per game and ninth in Big Ten free throw percentage at 78.2%.
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Johnson will play for the Hoosiers this year for his senior season in a redshirt and will continue to wear number 0.
Romeo Langford (2018-19)
Romeo Langford was a huge recruiter for then-coach Archie Miller, hailing from New Albany, Indiana, where he was one of the most prolific scorers in state high school history.
The 6-foot-5 guard started and played in 32 of Indiana’s 35 games as a rookie and was the Big Ten’s leading freshman scorer — and Indiana’s leading scorer — with 16.5 points per game. He played most of the season with a ligament injury in his right hand that pulls. Indiana went 19-16 that year and 8-12 in the Big Ten, losing 12 of 13 games in the Big Ten during a streak.
After his lone season in Bloomington, he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year before being drafted in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft as the No. 14 pick by the Boston Celtics. He played in Boston from 2019-22 and was traded to the San Antonio Spurs this year.
Will Sheehey (2010-14)
Fullback/forward Will Sheehey graced the Simon Skjodt boardroom floor from 2010-2014. The Sagemont, Florida native started in 31 games during his senior season. He was named an honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media after the season.
He was also a key player off the bench in his first three years, much of the group that helped turn Indiana’s basketball fortunes around in the early years of the Tom Crean era.
Sheehey left his mark finishing his career 37th on the all-time scoring list for Indiana with 1,120 points, and he is one of only 54 people in Hoosier history to score at least 1,000 points. . He was part of Indiana’s Sweet 16 appearances in 2012 and 2013 and played in the Reese’s College All-Star Game.
Indiana’s All-Time No. 0s
Here are all the players who have worn number 0 in Indiana:
- Kory Barnet —(2009-12)
- Does Sheehey — (2010-14)
- Max Bielfeldt — (2015-16)
- Curtis Jones — (2016-17)
Romeo Langford — (2018-19)
Cooper Bybee — (2019-21)
Xavier Johnson — (2021-present)
Vote for your favorite number 0 on Twitter
You will be able to vote on Twitter for your favorite player with each number. Here is the link to today’s poll for issue 0.
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