Decade-by-decade Mount Rushmore of B1G Hoops

Decade-by-decade Mount Rushmore of B1G Hoops

It was just last week when I released my team-by-team breakdown of who would make the Mount Rushmore of Big Ten basketball players.

This week, let’s go ahead and take it one step further. Here is a decade-by-decade look at which Big Ten stars would land on my Mount Rushmore, starting with the 1960’s and counting up to current day.

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1960’s
Cazzie Russell, Michigan (1963-1966)
Jerry Lucas, Ohio State (1959-1962)
Terry Dischinger, Purdue (1959-1962)
Rick Mount, Purdue (1967-1970)

Fun Fact: Rick Mount was the first high school athlete to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

1970’s
Scott May, Indiana (1972-1976)
Magic Johnson, Michigan State (1977-1979)
Mychal Thompson, Minnesota (1974-1978)
Kevin McHale, Minnesota (1976-1980)

Fun Fact: Scott May, and son, Sean, are one of four father-son duos to each win an NCAA Basketball Championship.

1980’s
Nick Anderson, Illinois (1987-1989)
Steve Alford, Indiana (1983-1987)
Isiah Thomas, Indiana (1979-1981)
Glen Rice, Michigan (1985-1989)

Fun Fact: Glen Rice holds the all-time NCAA Tournament scoring record, putting up 184 total points during the 1989 tourney.

1990’s
Calbert Cheaney, Indiana (1989-1993)
Mateen Cleaves, Michigan State (1996-2000)
Jim Jackson, Ohio State (1989-1992)
Glenn Robinson, Purdue (1992-1994)

Fun Fact: Calbert Cheaney has scored the most career points in Big Ten history with 2,613.

2000-2010
Dee Brown, Illinois (2002-2006)
Deron Williams, Illinois (2002-2005)
Evan Turner, Ohio State (2007-2010)
Alando Tucker, Wisconsin (2002-2007)

Fun Fact: Dee Brown and former Michigan State star Shannon Brown played on the same high school team together, Proviso East in Chicago.

2010-current
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue (2007-2011)
Draymond Green, Michigan State (2008-2012)
Trey Burke, Michigan (2011-2013)
Robbie Hummel, Purdue (2007-2012)

Fun Fact: Draymond Green is one of three players in Michigan State history with over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

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