NEW CASTLE, Indiana – Eighteen men have been inducted into the 2024 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary team based on outstanding performance as a senior basketball player 25 years ago. Southern Illinois Hall of Famer Jermaine Dearman was honored with a spot on the anniversary team.

Dearman played forward for the Salukis and helped lead the team to an 88-42 record during his career, appearing in two NCAA Tournaments (2002, 2003), including the Sweet 16. He was also a member of the 2000 NIT team. Dearman finished his career 10th in scoring with 1,446 points, seventh in rebounds (802) and ninth in blocks (71).

He was named second-team All-Missouri Valley Conference in 2003, received honorable mention in 2002, and was named to the SIU All-Century Team in 2014. Dearman performed at his best in big games, earning him the nickname “Jermaine's Big Game.” and was named CBS Player of the Game three times in NCAA tournament games against Texas Tech, Georgia and Missouri. Dearman earned a bachelor's degree in business marketing from Southern Illinois in 2003.

After his college career, Dearman was an undrafted free agent and played for the Indiana Pacers summer league in the summer of 2003 and also participated in several NBA practices/tryouts. Dearman played 10 seasons of professional basketball in Germany (2003-04, 2005-06), Finland (2004-05), Turkey (2007-08, 2010-11, 2012-13), France (2008-09). , Japan (2011–2012) and Indiana Diesels (2013–2014). In the 2004–05 season in Finland, he averaged 20.9 points and 8.8 rebounds; in the 2012–2013 season in Turkey, he averaged 16.6 points and 7.0 rebounds; In the 2013–2014 season, the Indiana Diesels player averaged 16.1 points and 7.2 rebounds.

Dearman had a phenomenal prep career, earning numerous accolades: Indiana All-Star 1999; 1999 IBCA All-State Honorable Mention; 1999 Louisville Courier-Journal All-State Honorable Mention; 1999 North-South Indiana All-Star Classic; two-time Marion County first-team player (1998, 1999); two-time all-city Metropolitan Inter-School Conference first team (1998, 1999); 1998 Team Most Improved Award

He led his team in rebounds as a junior and senior; a single-game high of 26 points (vs. New Palestine on February 12, 1999) plus a school record 19 rebounds (vs. Ben Davis on December 16, 1998); 21 double-doubles (points/rebounds) in his career.

Dearman has worked as a trainer and instructor at Shoot 360 and currently works in a management position at Omega Auto Sports.


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