Indiana State University features prominent basketball legends

Basketball fans who would like to earn a quality education may want to explore options at Indiana State University. The school is home to both collegiate and professional superstar Larry Bird as well as coaching legend John Wooden.

Bird led the Indiana State Sycamores to the 1979 title game against Magic Johnson's Michigan State Spartans before losing. However, the team went 33-1 after never before making it to the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament. That year he won the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Player of the Year Award as well as the Naismith and Wooden Awards, which are given to the year's top male college basketball player.

He later went on to star in the National Basketball Association, winning multiple Most Valuable Player awards and championships with the Boston Celtics.

Many believe that college basketball would not be the game it is today if it were not for Indiana State alum John Wooden. He coached 10 NCAA national championship teams in a 12-year period, including seven in a row with the UCLA Bruins. He was also part of a record 88 consecutive wins and was named the national coach of the year six times.

Wooden was later inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1961 as a player and the College Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach. He was also instrumental in breaking the color barrier in the game, by boycotting games that did not allow African-American players to participate.

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