Calbert Cheaney, former Indiana University three-time All-American, National Player of the Year and 13-year NBA veteran, was hired as an assistant coach by Jim Crews prior to the 2013-14 season.
Cheaney’s mark was felt during his initial season in 2013-14. He helped the Billikens (27-7) to an Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season title and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
An Evansville, Ind., native, Cheaney starred at Indiana from 1989-93 under Bob Knight. A three-time All-American, Cheaney is the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer with 2,613 career points. In his four seasons with the Hoosiers, he led IU to a remarkable 105-27 record and the NCAA Tournament all four years, including a Final Four appearance in 1992.
As a senior in 1992-93, Cheaney averaged 22.4 ppg and 6.2 rpg and garnered virtually every national player of the year accolade, including the Naismith College Player of the Year honor and the John R. Wooden Award. For his career, Cheaney averaged 19.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg and shot 55.9 percent from the field. He holds the Indiana University record for field goals made with 1,018.
Cheaney was the sixth player chosen in the 1993 NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets, beginning an NBA career that spanned 13 seasons with Washington, Boston, Denver, Utah and Golden State. He appeared in 825 regular-season games and amassed career averages of 9.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 1.7 apg.
Prior to returning to Bloomington to work with Crean, Cheaney served two seasons on the staff at Golden State, where he played in his final three NBA seasons. He was a special assistant in the front office in 2009-10, and in 2010-11 he was an assistant coach under fellow IU grad Keith Smart.
At Indiana, Cheaney was a key part of the Hoosiers squad that advanced to the Sweet 16 in each of the last two seasons.