Olympic 3-on-3: Who is Your Indiana Trio?

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As you may have already seen, three-on-three basketball will be an event at next Olympic Games in Tokyo (2020). 

So, that got me thinking: who would be the best Indiana-related trio to take the court? Here are a couple of suggestions:

1970 Pacers: Mel Daniels, Roger Brown, Freddie Lewis (or Bob Netolicky)

This squad won the second of three ABA championships in 1970, had four ABA All-Stars (I'd choose Lewis, but Netolicky averaged over 20 points per game that season) and Brown was the Playoff MVP.

1973 Pacers: Daniels, Brown, George McGinnis

This is a collection of three of the greatest Pacers ever. George McGinnis took off in his second year, earning Playoff MVP honors in helping the Pacers to another title, and although Daniels was still playing at a high level, this was the first non-elite season for Brown.

1976 Indiana: Scott May, Kent Benson, Quinn Buckner

May was the nation's best player, Buckner one of the most versatile, and Benson was a year away from being drafted #1 overall. To this day, they're college basketball's last undefeated team.

1987 Marion: Jay Edwards, Lyndon Jones, Daric Keys

Marion's "Purple Reign" became only the second team in Indiana history to win three straight state titles, all three of these Giants went on to play major college basketball. Edwards and Jones teamed up at Indiana, and Keys played two seasons at Wake Forest.

1988 Purdue: Troy Lewis, Todd Mitchell, Everette Stephens

You have to be pretty good to have a nickname, and the "Three Amigos" were definitely that. One of Gene Keady's best teams, this trio led the Boilers to an outright Big Ten championship and #1 seed in '88.

1993 Indiana: Calbert Cheaney, Greg Graham, Alan Henderson

Cheaney won the Wooden Award, Graham was an eventual NBA Lottery pick, and Henderson was a key cog in Bob Knight's last elite season in Bloomington. That team went 17-1 in a loaded Big Ten.

2006 Lawrence North: Greg Oden, Mike Conley, and whoever

Forget Oden's terrible injury luck as a pro: this LN pair was the most dominant duo in Indiana basketball history. It doesn't really matter who the third guy is.

2010 Purdue: Robbie Hummel, E'Twaun Moore, JaJuan Johnson

You hate to bring up a sore subject for Purdue fans, but if not for Hummel's knee injury in late February at Minnesota (and second knee injury the next Fall), this easily could've been a Final Four team. All three players were on multiple All-Big Ten teams and are still playing professionally.

2010 Butler: Gordon Hayward, Matt Howard, Shelvin Mack

Butler's 2010 team was talked about as a Cinderella, but this trio was no joke. Howard was a highly-touted recruit who turned down Indiana and Purdue (among others). Hayward blossomed into an NBA star, but even as a sophomore was a versatile player with enormous potential. Mack was an All-Horizon first team pick and Butler's second-leading scorer.


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