June 16, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana University Basketball Hall of Famer Lou Watson made his first visit to Assembly Hall in a number of years as a guest to current head coach Tom Crean during this past weekend's Elite Camp. Watson won basketball letters in 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1950 and won baseball letters in 1949 and 1950. He played on IU's only regular season Big Ten Championship baseball team in 1948. He was IU's Most Valuable Player in basketball in 1949 and 1950 and was named first team All-Big Ten in 1950 and All-American in 1950. He was Indiana's all-time scoring leader at end of career.
"I had a chance to meet and visit with Coach Watson in early May and it was a highlight that I'll never forget," said Crean. "I invited him to get back reacquainted with this Indiana program. We wanted him to come back and feel the appreciation that he deserves as a former player and coach. Needless to say, he received that and then some when he came this past Saturday and had the chance to see so many former great players that are legends like he is."
Watson later coached freshmen at Indiana in 1951, 1952, 1956 and 1957 and moved to varsity in 1958. Watson became head coach in 1966, winning Big Ten co-championship in 1967. He became special assistant to the Athletic Director in 1971 and Associate Director of Athletics in 1976 before retiring in 1987.
He was inducted into the IU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989.