Eric Anderson headlines 2019 IU Hall of Fame class

The late Eric Anderson, who passed away last December at age 48, is among the six-member Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame class announced on Monday.

Anderson, who won two Big Ten championships, reached the Final Four and is one of only four player in IU men’s basketball history to score 1,700 points and grab 800 rebounds from 1989-92, will be inducted along side Kay Burrus (field hockey coach/women’s basketball coach, 1962-76), Chris Gartner (football, 1970-72), Jeff Overton (men’s golf, 2002-05), Rose Richmond (women’s track and field, 2000-03) and Donnie Thomas (football, 1972-75) as part of the 38th induction class on Sept. 20.

“Each of these Hoosier legends made an indelible mark on Indiana University Athletics and their respective programs, and we are thrilled to welcome them into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame,” IU athletic director Fred Glass said in a news release. “Indiana University has a rich history of success in all of its sports, which is evidenced by this class that represents six sports across five decades. These individuals separated themselves with elite contributions during their time at IU and are very deserving of inclusion in a body that represents the very best of IU and IU Athletics.”

Anderson currently ranks 11th in program history in scoring (1,715 points), eighth in rebounds (825) and eighth in blocked shots (136). He won Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1989, was named first team All-Big Ten in 1991 and was the Most Outstanding Player of the West Regional en route to the 1992 Final Four. He then spent two seasons in the NBA with the New York Knicks.

Burrus, who passed away in June of 2018 at age 80, was a pioneer for women’s intercollegiate athletics, coming to IU in 1962 to join the Women’s Physical Education program and starting the women’s field hockey team, then serving as the women’s basketball extramural team from 1963-67, the first university-associated women’s basketball team to travel and compete against teams from other schools.

Gartner was an All-Big Ten and All-American kicker for the Hoosiers in the early 1970s, establishing program records in 1972 for single-season field goals, field goals in a game and longest field goal. He is still the only IU kicker to make two 50-yard plus field goals in one game.

Overton was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005, earning second team All-America honors in both seasons. He remains atop the IU all-time list in single-season scoring (69.97) and career scoring (71.72). Overton was a member of the Walker Cup and Palmer Cup teams in 2005 and the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2010, when he climed as high as No. 47 in the world golf rankings.

Richmond won seven Big Ten titles and five All-American honors for Indiana track and field, excelling in the long jump and sprint relay events from 2000-03. She also earned a berth on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team in the long jump.

Thomas was a standout linebacker from 1973-75, earning first team All-Big Ten and third team All-American honors in 1975. He was also team MVP in 1974 and 1975, setting a then-school record with 369 tackles, which still ranks third in program history. Thomas played three games with the New England Patriots before returning to his hometown of Michigan City for a successful teaching and coaching career. He passed away at the age of 64 in 2017.