Branch McCracken Player
Inducted in 2006
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee 1960
An intense competitor, McCracken earned the nickname, "Big Bear" for his ferocious style of play and his game-face scowl. A "big man" for his era, the 6'4" McCracken played for Indiana University under Hall of Fame coach Everett Dean. McCracken led the Hoosiers in scoring for three years from 1928-1930, and was named Big Ten Conference MVP in 1928. He was selected to the All-Big Ten First Team from 1928-30 and set the Big Ten record for points with 147 in 1930. That year he was also named a Helms Foundation All-American. He was one of the first eight players to be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Where They Were
University of Indiana 1926-1930