Per a release from the university, former Indiana men’s basketball player Eric Anderson was one of six former Hoosiers to be inducted to the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the 2019 class. The addition of the 38th Hall of Fame class now brings the total roster of inductees to 237.
Eric Anderson was included with five other Indiana University players from different sports including Kay Burrus (Field Hockey Coach/Women’s Basketball Coach, 1962-76), Chris Gartner (Football, 1970-72), Jeff Overton (Men’s Golf, 2002-05), Rose Richmond (Women’s Track and Field, 2000-03) and Donnie Thomas (Football, 1972-75).
The six players mentioned above will be honored during the halftime of the University of Connecticut football game, hosted in Bloomington.
The IU Hall of Fame was established in 1982 by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics with the Indiana University Varsity Club and I-Association. The intent of the IU Hall of Fame is to recognize individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the prestige of Indiana University both on and off the field.
Eric Anderson (Men’s Basketball, 1989-92)
A member of two Big Ten Championship teams and the 1992 Final Four squad, Eric Anderson was one of the most prolific frontcourt players in IU basketball history. He is one of only four players in program history to score more than 1,700 points and pull down at least 800 rebounds, joining Alan Henderson, Kent Benson and Don Schlundt 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), and IU went 101-31 (.765) during his four seasons with the program. He earned 1989 Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors, was a first-team All-Big Ten choice in 1991, and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the West Regional during IU’s 1992 Final Four run. After his IU career, he spent two seasons in the NBA the New York Knicks from 1992-94. Eric passed away last December at the age of 48.June 24, 2019 Indiana University Statement on Eric Anderson’s Induction
You can find the background of Eric Anderson and his accomplishments in our Hoosier History page on him.
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