ITH Super Happy Fun Time Top 10 List: Calbert Cheaney

  • 08/20/2008 8:00 am in

ccheaney.jpgThe ballots have been counted and it’s time for Inside the Hall’s countdown of the greatest Indiana players of all-time. Today: No. 1: Calbert Cheaney.

Years at Indiana: 1989-1993

The numbers: 2,613 points (19.8 average); 690 rebounds (5.2 average); 1,018 field goals; 148 three-point goals; 429 free throws made

Career high: 36 points (November 27, 1992 vs. Seton Hall)

Notable achievements: All-American (1991, 1992, 1993); National player of the year (1993); First team All-Big Ten (1991, 1992, 1993); Big Ten MVP (1993); Indiana team MVP (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993); Big Ten champion (1991, 1993); Final Four (1992)

The case for Cheaney: While Cheaney is missing the biggest credential that defines greatness, a national championship, he is the leading scorer in Indiana and Big Ten history. He is one of only three Indiana players to be named team MVP in four straight seasons (Steve Alford, A.J. Guyton). Cheaney won all 12 national player of the year awards in 1993, won two Big Ten championships, was a three-time All-American and was a part of a Final Four team in 1992.

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  • Newtonian

    Hail to the lefty!

  • RGH

    CC was amazing! In my opinion, he would have had the championship if Henderson hadn't been hurt. Such is life…

    He was awesome!

  • Millport

    I agree 100%.
    The list was interesting, great idea! Think how many great players did not make the top 10. Perhaps only UCLA, Kentucky , Duke and Kansas would have such an impressive list.

  • daveINdc

    Have to include NC in that list (Jordan, Worthy, Perkins, Kenny Smith, Hansborough, etc).

  • We certainly enjoyed doing the list. If anyone has ideas for additional lists we can compile, please let us know.

  • Millport

    You'r.e correct. I knew I was leaving someone out

  • IUBBALL81

    The 93 team was missing a big link…………..ERIC MONTROSS

  • BornRed

    You could go for a Top Ten Teams in IU History.

  • DJW

    Big A:

    My congratulations to you on presenting to us this exercise.

    It was fun, intersting and allowed many of us to research and more fully appreciatete great history of I.U. basketball.

    I had buddies from High School, college and work, who do not subscribe to this web site, asking me for updates as the list would eventuate from day to day.

    Many were not neccesarily IU fans but all had comments and input regarding the daily results. I was geneally surprised at how much each of these guys knew about the history of IU BB and their recollection of some of these great players.

    Outstanding work and my Thanks again

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    How about we do a Kelvin Sampson roast

  • I really enjoyed this list as well, sorta keeps you checking in day after day – you know?

    Man, I wish Bball season was as close as hunting season…..

  • ALH_00

    Along with the others, you have my appreciation and thanks for compiling the list. It was interesting to take a brief look at some of the players of the more distant past, as well as those past players with whom I was familiar.

    Certainly, it's difficult to “rank” those players because of era, team, coaching, and individual strength differences. I was just happy to be reminded of a little “glory of old IU” given the fact that its summer and what with the disaster that was 2007-08.

    Awesome job as usual fellas.

  • bigmac9202

    How bout you do a list of the top 10 fan favorites? Not necessarily the best players, but the ones who got the fans outta their seats when their number was called.

  • MPmike

    How about the best players by postions? Top five in each position.

  • MPmike

    Even though Calbert Cheaney was a great IU and college basketball player, he could have done more. I still think that Cheaney did not reach his full potiential as an overall player. He should have been one of the best that ever played this game.

    There is a strong case in his NBA career- which he should have been a superstar and rank up there as one of the best stars that came out of IU such Isiah Thomas. I believe Cheaney play hard and played to win but he did not have that assassin mentality.

  • MPmike

    How about the best players by postions? Top five in each position.

  • MPmike

    Even though Calbert Cheaney was a great IU and college basketball player, he could have done more. I still think that Cheaney did not reach his full potiential as an overall player. He should have been one of the best that ever played this game.

    There is a strong case in his NBA career- which he should have been a superstar and rank up there as one of the best stars that came out of IU such Isiah Thomas. I believe Cheaney play hard and played to win but he did not have that assassin mentality.