Report: Cheaney will likely join Indiana basketball staff

  • 06/16/2011 1:46 pm in

Calbert Cheaney is reportedly headed back to Bloomington.

The Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer will likely join the Indiana staff in an operations position, according to Rick Bozich of The Louisville Courier-Journal.

Indiana coach Tom Crean has not offered any official word on Cheaney, but did make a statement:

“I’m not ready to make any official announcement yet but you can say that I’m extremely excited about the future of our basketball staff,” Crean said.

If the position is in basketball operations, it’s possible Cheaney could assume the spot vacated by Drew Adams, who left last month for New Mexico.

The Evansville native, who will turn 40 next month, served as a special assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors from August of 2009 until Keith Smart was fired in late April.

Cheaney scored 2,613 points at Indiana, won numerous national player of the year awards in 1993, including the Naismith Award, was a three-time All-American and is a member of Indiana’s All-Century first team.

In 13 NBA seasons with the Washington Bullets, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors, Cheaney averaged 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

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  • Anonymous

    Amazing…everytime I see Jeremy Hollowell play because of his smooth effortless shot I think…. Wow he could be a right- handed Calbert Cheaney….I think to myself I wish those two could meet somehow…Now look at THIS

  • Anonymous

    Amazing…everytime I see Jeremy Hollowell play because of his smooth effortless shot I think…. Wow he could be a right- handed Calbert Cheaney….I think to myself I wish those two could meet somehow…Now look at THIS

  • Anonymous

    Amazing…everytime I see Jeremy Hollowell play because of his smooth effortless shot I think…. Wow he could be a right- handed Calbert Cheaney….I think to myself I wish those two could meet somehow…Now look at THIS

  • IUJeff

    Great hire. I know this will help with getting GH and other top recruits for years to come. Crean is the man. 

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take Hoosier Trivia for $1000.

    Most popular and beloved Hoosier basketball player of all time.

    Who is CALBERT CHEANEY? (without hesitation)

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take Hoosier Trivia for $1000.

    Most popular and beloved Hoosier basketball player of all time.

    Who is CALBERT CHEANEY? (without hesitation)

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take Hoosier Trivia for $1000.

    Most popular and beloved Hoosier basketball player of all time.

    Who is CALBERT CHEANEY? (without hesitation)

  • Anonymous

    This is absolutely fantastic!  Great hire for the program.  It will be nice to see Calbert back at Assembly Hall!

  • Anonymous

    This is absolutely fantastic!  Great hire for the program.  It will be nice to see Calbert back at Assembly Hall!

  • Anonymous

    Can help recruit the Evansville area, aka Jaquan Lyle and Ernie Duncan.  I think Ernie Duncan is a kid Crean needs to pay more attention to.  This kid is a shooter and scorer.  Consistently putting up 30-40pt games in AAU ball.  Gym rat as well.  Good attitude.  Oh yeah, he also goes to Harrison (Cheaney’s alma mater) and has twin brothers that will be freshman at Harrison next year.

  • Anonymous

    Can help recruit the Evansville area, aka Jaquan Lyle and Ernie Duncan.  I think Ernie Duncan is a kid Crean needs to pay more attention to.  This kid is a shooter and scorer.  Consistently putting up 30-40pt games in AAU ball.  Gym rat as well.  Good attitude.  Oh yeah, he also goes to Harrison (Cheaney’s alma mater) and has twin brothers that will be freshman at Harrison next year.

  • BFowler

    To quote Dane Cook, “Yes, Yes, Y-E-S, YES!” 

    To quote T.O, “Love me some .”

    Wishing this move would happen.  Will be great having Calbert teaching these young players.

  • BFowler

    To quote Dane Cook, “Yes, Yes, Y-E-S, YES!” 

    To quote T.O, “Love me some .”

    Wishing this move would happen.  Will be great having Calbert teaching these young players.

  • Anonymous

    Calbert was my favorite IU player growing up.  I even wore #40 in baseball, because of him…my basketball coach wouldn’t let a 5’9″ PG wear that high of a number!

    I am excited to see what he could bring to the program this second time around! 

  • Brklynhoosier

    Okay, I’m gonna say it:  this time he leaves with a championship!  It’s the only thing his college resume doesn’t have…

  • Bryan

    I’m definitely in favor of Calbert coming back to the program.  The only thing I wonder is that if he’s taking the position in basketball operations, doesn’t that mean something specific in terms of what level of contact he’s allowed to have with the team in terms of coaching or recruiting?  Seems like I remember some sort of NCAA rule about duties that specifically had to be handled by the head or assistant coaches.

  • Hoosier Clarion

       Exactly right.

  • Hoosier Clarion

       Exactly right.

  • Plane1972

    I was thinking the same thing. A shame a guy like that who maximizes his potential didn’t leave with a banner to his name.

  • Plane1972

    I was thinking the same thing. A shame a guy like that who maximizes his potential didn’t leave with a banner to his name.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Tom Crean. I liked you before, but I love you now.

  • Unreal how many people say the same thing about Calbert. All time favortie IU player. That is truly saying something given the likes of alford, scotty may, isiah thomas, quinn buckner, damon bailey. I think it had a lot to do with where our program was at in ’92. We never lost a home, were #1 in nation, and calbert was unstoppable on the baseline. 

    Im going to go watch blue chips now and cry.

  • Anonymous

    Call me a sore loser, but I still say that Duke game in the Final Four was the worst officiated game I have ever witnessed!  We should have won that game, and then we would have walked in the Finals.

    Yes…I’m bitter!

  • unclekerfuffle

    Yeah, our youngest daughter, who works for the university, brags about attending her first game at AH when she was five months old.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Yeah, our youngest daughter, who works for the university, brags about attending her first game at AH when she was five months old.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Yeah, our youngest daughter, who works for the university, brags about attending her first game at AH when she was five months old.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Yeah, our youngest daughter, who works for the university, brags about attending her first game at AH when she was five months old.

  • unclekerfuffle

    I would argue that one of the all time great match ups over multiple games was Calbert and Jimmy Jackson.  What a battle of outstanding players.

  • unclekerfuffle

    I would argue that one of the all time great match ups over multiple games was Calbert and Jimmy Jackson.  What a battle of outstanding players.

  • unclekerfuffle

    I would argue that one of the all time great match ups over multiple games was Calbert and Jimmy Jackson.  What a battle of outstanding players.

  • unclekerfuffle

    I would argue that one of the all time great match ups over multiple games was Calbert and Jimmy Jackson.  What a battle of outstanding players.

  • unclekerfuffle

    I would argue that one of the all time great match ups over multiple games was Calbert and Jimmy Jackson.  What a battle of outstanding players.

  • Anonymous

    I say a lot of negative things about Crean but I do appreciate his willingness to embrace the history of IU basketball. Well done getting Cheaney. When you talk about having an IU guy on the staff it doesn’t get much better than Calbert. Not sure how he is as a coach but from a fan standpoint this is a smart move by Crean and IU

  • couldn’t agree more…and he won’t pull the sleazy move that landed Irving at Duke either – a loyal hoosier – gotta luv it!

  • IUJeff

    I agree and estimate that Crean has earned a C grade for coaching thus far.

    An A in recruiting though, and surrounding himself with a knowledgeable and NBA experienced staff, will hopefully improve this grade significantly moving forward.

    The team should be competitieve this year, but it’s gonna take good coaching to make it so and dig us out of this hole.    

  • eph521

    If nothing else, I’m impressed Crean is able to land a Knight-era player on his staff. That says alot all by itself.

  • Anonymous

    Man I remember that as well. Not sure of the exact #s but think it was like 35 IU fouls compared to like 12 duke fouls. Historically bad officiating in that game

  • M Idelsy

    i have a basketball card of calbert and want to know if its a good card to collet its a fleer 95-96

  • i found a card of Calbert, a Fleer 95-96 is this a good card to have.

  • i also have which my son was going to throw away a Tom Chambers, Topps Stadium Club 
    and Brad Daugherty, Topps 1986 Cavaliers.Terry Cummings, Topps Spurs F. Rod Strickland, Jeff Hornacek, Tim Hardaway, a Rookie card of Kevin Garnett. Reggie Miller, Dennis Rodman, Alonzo Mourning Miami Heat-C,Z Force #99, Charles Barkley Suns f, Topps #373, Shareef Abdur-Rahim Fleer Metal 96-97 he’s holding a jersey that saids Vancouver Grizzlies #1 also on the card it saids Fresh Foundation, Card #135.