Some of the best scorers ever to wear a Purdue uniform played for the Boilermakers in the fast-paced, high-scoring 1960s college basketball. 
The final year of the decade remains the high water mark for Purdue basketball, reaching the 1969 NCAA championship game but running into UCLA at the peak of John Wooden's dominance. A staggering five players from that Boilermaker team are in this week's top 10.

10. Roger Blalock

Despite a tough luck ending to his college career, suffering a broken ankle against Butler in December 1967, Blalock was a success story at Purdue.
After transferring from Southeastern Community College in Burlington, Iowa, Blalock averaged 12.3 points a game during the 1966-67 season. That began a long association with Purdue for Blalock, who served as an assistant basketball coach from 1974-79 and an athletics administrator from 1994 to his retirement in January 2012. Blalock died less than three months later at the age of 65.

9. Larry Weatherford


An unsung hero of Purdue's 1969 NCAA runner-up, Weatherford was part of a deep Boilermaker backcourt led by Rick Mount and Billy Keller.
While it's remembered that Mount hit the game-winning shot against Marquette to send Purdue to its first Final Four, Weatherford made Mount's heroics possible by hitting two free throws with seconds to play in regulation that forced overtime.
Weatherford finished his three-year varsity career with 1,103 points. He was taken in the fifth round of the 1971 NBA Draft by Chicago but spent his lone season of pro basketball in Mexico.

8. George Faerber

Decades before Brian Cardinal came on the Purdue scene, Faerber would sacrifice his body if it was necessary for the Boilermakers to earn a victory.
Perhaps the most memorable game for Faerber came in an 89-83 victory at Kentucky in the championship game of the 1970 University of Kentucky Invitational Tournament. In addition to scoring 14 points and grabbing eight rebounds, Faerber took several charges against the Wildcats.
"George will stand there and let them run into him, and George weighs 215 pounds," Purdue coach George King said afterward about his 6-5 forward. "It's like running into a brick wall. After one time they start looking and after two times they get real cautious."
Faerber was an unsung hero on the 1969 NCAA runner-up team, doing the little things while Rick Mount, Billy Keller and Herm Gilliam did the scoring.
Today, people know Faerber for the Bee Window commercials he does with his wife.

7. Mel Garland

In the 1960s, Purdue had a run of outstanding scorers from Terry Dischinger to Dave Schellhase to Rick Mount.
In between was Garland and the next man in our countdown. 
Garland averaged nearly 22 points a game as a junior, breaking out following Dischinger's graduation. Schellhase became Purdue's leading scorer during Garland's senior season, but the 6-1 guard still earned first-team All-Big Ten honors with a 15.4 scoring average in 1963-64. Garland finished with 1,243 points during his three varsity seasons.
He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993, 10 years after his death from leukemia. 

6. Bob Purkhiser

Purkhiser was the sixth Boilermaker to surpass 1,000 career points, finishing with 1,060 in 1965 thanks to a 20 points per game average as a senior. That effort earned Purkhiser All-Big Ten honors.
After a hitch in the Army, Purkhiser played and coached in French professional leagues. In 1972, the New York Times called Purkhiser "about the best player in France." Purkhiser died at age 39 in an automobile accident in Le Mans in 1982.
He is a member of the 2020 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame class.

5. Billy Keller

Keller was a winner on the basketball court.
The second of three consecutive Indiana Mr. Basketball winners recruited to Purdue (Lafayette Jeff's Denny Brady in 1964 and Lebanon's Rick Mount in 1966), Keller led Indianapolis Washington to the 1965 state championship. Washington also won four city titles during his career.
Four years later, he was the point guard on Purdue's first Big Ten championship team since 1940 which went on to finish national runner-up to UCLA. Finally, Keller was a part of three ABA championships with the Indiana Pacers as one of the league's top 3-point shooters.
Keller also won the first Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the nation's outstanding college player under 6 feet in height. In 1969, he led Purdue in free throw percentage at 89.8 percent and ranks among the Boilermakers' all-time greats at the line with a career mark of .859.
He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992, and the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.

4. Herm Gilliam

When Purdue fans think of the 1969 Purdue basketball team that reached the national championship game, Rick Mount probably comes to mind right away. Maybe Billy Keller.
But Herm Gilliam was ahead of his time as an athletic small forward. 
"He played in an era when people didn't really talk about athleticism," Keller said in 2005 after Gilliam died of a heart attack at age 58. "That wasn't basketball's emphasis at that point as it is today.
"When they talk about players today, they talk about how athletic they are. Herm had that athleticism and the heart to go with it. He was the ultimate team player."
Gilliam earned All-Big Ten honors in 1969 and was a first-round draft choice of the NBA's Cincinnati Royals. He later played on Portland's 1977 NBA championship team.
"I always felt like Herman was our best player," Keller said. "Everybody played their roles, and that's why that team was so successful. Rick was the scorer ... one of the greatest shooters in the history of the game, but when I look at Herman, he was the guy that could do everything. Herman could have scored a lot more had the focus been on Herman."
He was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.

3. Dave Schellhase

The Evansville native led the nation in scoring as a senior in 1966 with 32.5 points a game, while also averaging 10.6 rebounds.
Schellhase was Purdue's first 2,000-point scorer (2,074), a total that still ranks fourth in Boilermaker history. His career scoring average of 28.8 ranks second to Rick Mount.
Schellhase was a three-time All-Big Ten selection and a consensus All-American as a senior. He also was Purdue's first Academic All-American basketball player, earning the honor as a junior and a senior.
He was the first-ever No. 1 draft pick of the Chicago Bulls in 1966 and spent two seasons in the NBA. Schellhase was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996

2. Terry Dischinger


There was not a better combination of scorer and rebounder in Purdue history than Dischinger, He averaged 28.3 points and a school record 13.7 rebounds per game during his three varsity seasons at Purdue from 1959-62.
A consensus first team All-American as a junior and a senior, Dischinger is the Boilermakers' all-time leader in double-doubles (54), sixth in career points (1.979) and second in rebounds (958). 
Dischinger also was a member of the 1960 Olympic gold medal USA Basketball team. He and his 1960 teammates were inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in xxxx. Dischinger also was elected to the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019 and was a charter member of the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.
He would go on to win NBA Rookie of the Year honors in 1963 with the Chicago Zephyrs but spent most of his nine-year pro career with Detroit.

1. Rick Mount

Arguably the greatest shooter in college basketball history and certainly the best in Indiana high school history, Mount was a household name before coming to Purdue.
"Rick, by far, was the greatest pure shooter I ever saw," said George King, Mount's coach at Purdue and later athletic director.
Mount was the first high school athlete on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1966, the same year he would win Indiana Mr. Basketball honors out of Lebanon High School.
Recruited by Purdue assistant coach Bob King, Mount's Purdue debut was one of the most anticipated in school history. It also happened to be opening night of Mackey Arena against defending national champion UCLA. Mount outscored Bruins star Lew Alcindor 28-19 but UCLA won 73-71 on a last-second shot.
Mount would lead the Big Ten in scoring all three of his varsity seasons and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors three times. Freshmen were not eligible for varsity play in the 1960s. 
His junior season, Purdue went 23-5 and won the Big Ten championship for the first time since 1940. His game-winning shot against Marquette sent Purdue to the Final Four.
Mount went on to a five-year ABA career with Indiana, Kentucky, Utah and Memphis.
He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992, and was a member of the first Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994. Mount also was elected to the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.
 
Kenny Thompson is an award winning journalist who writes a weekly column for The Paper of Montgomery County and covers North Montgomery athletics