• HoosierSmitty

    My favorite Hoosier of all time!

  • Anonymous

    He’s definitely a close 2nd behind DJ White for me.

  • Anonymous

    He’s definitely a close 2nd behind DJ White for me.

  • “Scholarship is a privilege, not a right.”  Spot on, Calbert.

  • base

    Right on Smoke, his class and humility is an asset for this program. Coach is building not only recruiting classes, but also a coaching staff equal to the talent. It’s assuring knowing that when Tim or Benny get a head coach job that Calbert is in the wing to step right in to the position.

  • Plane1972

    Just phenomenal to have the real Coach Cal in our program. 

  • Anonymous

    I love the trend of this program and this is a case and point.  After Crean it is guys like Cheaney I not only want bringing kids in the door but too being mentors to them and setting an incredible example for what it means to be successful, handle oneself and represent IU basketball.

    Cheaney hiring is very underrated.  This is bigger than any one recruit over the next several years because I am sure he will land us a couple on his own and for too what he means to be around the program on a daily basis.

    Awesome!

  • Anonymous

    I always have felt like former players can best help those current players who most similiarly resemble their body type and position……that being said Sheehey and Watford should be spending as much time with CC as the rules will allow….he could help both immensely, but Jeremy Hollowell has the potential to really benefit from Calbert’s tutelage

  • Anonymous

    My alltime favorite player. This is a great addition to our coaching staff. Man he embodies what being a HOOSIER is all about!!!!!!

    GO IU!!!!!

  • unclekerfuffle

    I could probably be accused of having a man-crush on Sweet Cal.  Like so many other IU fans, he is my all-time favorite.  I remember when he and the other Seniors did their barnstorming tour back in the ’90s and I saw them at Meyer Gym in Scottsburg.  I saw a side of him that I never saw in the four years he wore the candy strips.  He was cutting up and making crazy passes/shots–Harlem Globetrotter stuff.

    I really appreciated just how talented he was to play within the team concept while not hot-dogging and yet still breaking all the records.

    We are very fortunate to have one of our classiest alums to come home.

  • unclekerfuffle

    I could probably be accused of having a man-crush on Sweet Cal.  Like so many other IU fans, he is my all-time favorite.  I remember when he and the other Seniors did their barnstorming tour back in the ’90s and I saw them at Meyer Gym in Scottsburg.  I saw a side of him that I never saw in the four years he wore the candy strips.  He was cutting up and making crazy passes/shots–Harlem Globetrotter stuff.

    I really appreciated just how talented he was to play within the team concept while not hot-dogging and yet still breaking all the records.

    We are very fortunate to have one of our classiest alums to come home.

  • Jerm_cub_fan

    What is funny is that he wasn’t the most sought after recruit from that year.  You can tell that he is very humble.

  • IUeconAlum

    I bet Calbert could still eat out current players for breakfast. Man he was so good. He’s the definition of Hoosier.

  • IUeconAlum

    I bet Calbert could still eat out current players for breakfast. Man he was so good. He’s the definition of Hoosier.

  • Nathanwade2001

    Love Calbert Cheaney

  • Anonymous

    Love the Scottsburg reference.  My father and uncle played there.  Been to Meyer Gym many times to watch high school games growing up.  Went down there almost every summer to hoop. 

    Great hoops town.

  • Anonymous

    Great point. Calbert is a perfect example of what a lot of us have said, that the ranking or number of stars beside a high schooler’s name does not assure us that he will be just another run of the mill player, a total bust or a great record setting player.

    Good coaching & a hard working player = a good to great player.

    Oh yea, Calbert, not that you would need a reminder but…stay classy !

  • Humble and yet competitive.  He really gets it.  You have a responsibility when you come to IU as a student athlete and yes this may seem old school – but it is the foundation that Calbert knows and that Crean is rebuilding.  He seems like the perfect individual to represent IU and its basketball tradition.  I would hope that any aspiring NBA player (and esp his parents) would sense this immediately.  No short cuts.  Work hard and we will help build the skill set for life….in bball and also outside of bball.  That is what Knight and now Crean have in their DNA which is how and why a guy like Cheaney is so succesful.

  • Humble and yet competitive.  He really gets it.  You have a responsibility when you come to IU as a student athlete and yes this may seem old school – but it is the foundation that Calbert knows and that Crean is rebuilding.  He seems like the perfect individual to represent IU and its basketball tradition.  I would hope that any aspiring NBA player (and esp his parents) would sense this immediately.  No short cuts.  Work hard and we will help build the skill set for life….in bball and also outside of bball.  That is what Knight and now Crean have in their DNA which is how and why a guy like Cheaney is so succesful.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly.  He is the perfect mentor (bridge) for kids wanting to make that leap into the pros.  He has played at IU, productive in pros, coached the pros and knows the business enough to be credible and respected.  Couple that with IU’s fan base, tradition, coaching , facilities talent and IU should and will be a top 3-5 destination for basketball players over the next decade.

  • Joe B

    Greatest Ambassador for IU(not just basketball) ever.  Calbert is a true Hoosier through and through.  Makes me proud to be part of the same alumni pool.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Worked in Scottsburg for years in a different life.  Lots of history in that gym.  Of course, it’s named for another IU player from the old days. Jim Barley who coached/taught there for years also played for IU.

     When did your dad and uncle play there?  Come to think about it when did you play there?

  • Anonymous

    My Dad and Uncle are Ets (“Ets”) and Hubbard (“Hub”) Hougland.  Coach Charlie Meyer and Jim Barley coached my uncle and dad, respectively.  They would have played in the 50’s and 60’s.  My dad played with Coach Meyer’s son in high school.  I am a touch younger than Coach Meyer’s grandsons.
     
    I actually played for a school in Fort Wayne, Homestead.  But my dad is a through and through southern indiana man so I got to spend a couple weeks a year down there.  I played from 2000-2004.  When I went down to Scottsburg I would stay with and play with Evan Hutchinson, who was the pg there during the same time period.  Coach Barley, who too coached his father (Tim Hutchinson) gave me a good workout or two when I was growing up – haha.  I saw that guy slap the backboard barefoot when he was damn near 60 years old. 

  • unclekerfuffle

    Small world.  Coach Barley is truly an amazing basketball expert–on numerous levels.

    He once told me that there were hundreds of players with more talent than Michael Jordan.  He said they are all out on public courts hustling others playing basketball.

    He said what made Jordan so good was that not only did he have the talent but he had the personal drive not to rely on that talent alone.

    Heavy stuff.