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Indiana has produced its share of basketball legends. According to Basketball Reference, 155 Hoosiers have played in the NBA and ABA. Not too shabby for a state with a population around 6.7 million. With per capita production like that, you can take the tagline “We Grow Basketball Here” from our beloved Indiana Pacers seriously.

As Indiana welcomes 67 teams to our state (with Purdue as our lone home team) for an unprecedented tournament format, we’re taking the opportunity to introduce teams and fans to some Hoosier basketball icons. From Milan’s Bobby Plump to Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale, we’re celebrating the best Hoosier hoopers throughout the tourney.

Backboard Legends of Indiana

To commemorate this unique tournament and these Hoosier legends, we’ve created a limited-edition poster featuring these iconic backboards that’s available for purchase in our e-shop. $20 from the sale of each poster will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis and their efforts to provide a safe place for Central Indiana children to learn and grow. Win-win!

The Cradle of Basketball

Custom wall art not really your thing? We teamed up with United State of Indiana to create a tee that carries through the heart of Backboard Legends of Indiana. And just like the poster, t-shirt proceeds will directly benefit BGCI.

Also: Follow us on Instagram as we share more about the nine backboards that pay homage to our local heroes. Hopefully you’ll be reminded of a pickup game from your past—and maybe learn something about Hoosier hoops history.

Let’s come together around the baskets and local heroes that shaped our relationship with this game we love so dearly, and give the next generation a chance at a brighter future in the process.