Marco Killingsworth

Photo: AJ Mast / Getty Images

Marco Killingsworth Biography

Marco Killingsworth is former basketball player from Birmingham, Ala. that played at Indiana University for just a single season between 2005 and 2006. The forward transferred to Indiana after spending three years at Auburn University. Killingsworth is most well known for his dunk against Duke University in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

  • Name: Marco Killingsworth
  • Position: Forward
  • Nationality: USA
  • Age: 42 years old
  • Birthday: February 21, 1982
  • Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
  • High School: Central Park Christian Academy
  • Height: 6’8″ (203 cm)
  • Weight: 268 lb (121kg)
  • Seasons: 1 (2005-2006)
  • NBA Draft: 2006 (Undrafted)
  • NBA Summer League
    • 2006-2007 Orlando Magic
    • 2007-2008 Miami Heat
  • European Leagues
    • 2007-2008 Legea Scafati (Lega Serie A Italian League)
  • Jersey: #5

Awards and Accolades

  • 2nd Team All-SEC (2003-2004)

Marco Killingsworth High School Career

Marco Killingsworth played high school basketball for Central Park Christian Academy in Birmingham, Ala. Killingsworth was listed as one of the top power forwards in the country according to ESPN. That list featured other top names including Elton Brown, Kwame Brown, and David Lee.

Marco Killingsworth Seasons with the Hoosiers

2005-2006 Indiana Basketball Season
Mike Davis (6th Season)
19-12 (9-7 Big Ten)
4th Place Big Ten
🏅 NCAA Second Round

Marco Killingsworth Indiana University Statistics

2005-2006 31 31 882 211 389 0.542 207 368 0.563 4 21 0.19 105 173 0.607 76 166 242 59 22
Career 31 31 882 211 389 0.542 207 368 0.563 4 21 0.19 105 173 0.607 76 166 242 59 22

Marco Killingsworth Career at Auburn University

Killingsworth tallied more than 1,000 points during his time with the Auburn program and over 500 rebounds. He transferred to Indiana University due to the firing of coach Cliff Ellis. He later mentioned that he didn’t want to originally commit to Indiana because he was “not trying to get choked out” – a reference to Bob Knight’s controversial choking of a player.

KIllingsworth and the Tigers reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Syracuse 79-78.

The former Tiger averaged 11.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in his three years with the Auburn program. His performance during his senior season awarded him with a second team All-SEC team honor.

Marco Killingsworth Career at Indiana University

Killingsworth would only spend a single season at Indiana University as a redshirt senior; however he made that season a memorable one. He led the Hoosiers in both scoring and rebounding with 17.1 points and 7.8 boards per game. Killingsworth made 54.2 percent of his shots while at Indiana and started every game that season for Indiana.

The 2005 Indiana Hoosiers went 19-12 on the season and finished fifth in the Big Ten with a 9-7 conference record. Head coach Mike Davis’ squad won at least five straight games twice, but did lose five straight during the month of February.

The Hoosiers went to Oakland as a six seed in the NCAA Tournament. They defeated San Diego State in the opening roun 87-83 but fell 90-80 against Gonzaga.

IndianaHQ Shop - Indiana Tshirts, IU Hoosiers Apparel

Killingsworth’s Dunk against Duke

Killingsworth shined in Indiana’s battle against No.1 Duke back in 2005 inside Assembly Hall. The senior recorded 34 points going 15-of-20 from the floor and pulling in 10 rebounds. Indiana found themselves down 16-2 and had to fight back the rest of the way. Killingsworth put the team on his back and the Hoosiers kept the Blue Devils in their sights.

Indiana was on a 9-0 second half run and were down by just one when Killingsworth grabbed a rebound, threw an outlet pass to a teammate, got the ball back and slammed it down over a Duke defender. The dunk capped off an 11-0 giving the Hoosiers their first lead of the ball game. Assembly Hall’s crowd was sent into a frenzy after the play, but it was not enough as Indiana eventually fell to Duke 75-67.

Check out the rich history of Indiana Hoosiers basketball!

Every week, we are publishing new articles on former and current Indiana University basketball legends, historical figures, and other IU history. Our goal is to capture the history of the Hoosiers all in one place. Click here to see our current collection of articles on Indiana basketball tradition.

Have a favorite Indiana Hoosier basketball player, coach, or event?

Help grow the Hoosier basketball history books by being a contributor to one of our IU athletics history pages! IndianaHQ is always looking for writers of all ages and experience levels. If you think you have what it takes, drop us an email here or send us a tweet!

Contributors: Rob Jiang and Andrew Rude