When I think of Indiana basketball, I immediately think of Bobby Knight. When I think of Hoosier basketball players, I think of Calbert Cheaney. Of course, others may think of Isiah Thomas or Steve Alford, but I think of Calbert. Sure, that likely has a lot to do with my age, but that’s entirely another subject! For those that can recall, Cheaney, the Big-Ten’s all-time leading scorer, was a smooth shooting lefty, with one of the prettiest strokes I’ve ever seen. On the court, he was a beast. At Indiana University, Calbert was a three-time All-American, Player of the Year (1993) and led IU to a 105-27 record, including one Final Four appearance.
Last week, the Hoosiers announced that Cheaney, an Indiana native, would be coming home as the new Director of Basketball Operations at IU. For a team that’s trying to rebuild its tarnished reputation, this is an excellent addition and another positive step in the right direction. Calbert is a class act and will do do great things with these kids and the university. Said Head Coach Tom Crean, “Calbert will have an impact on our program in a major way. He wants to get into coaching full time and he knows the path it takes, the work ethic and the sacrifice. Every kid who plays college basketball at this level aspires to achieve what Calbert did on and off the court, both collegiately and as a professional. Having him here as a mentor on a day-to-day basis will be invaluable to our players.”
Here at The Good in Sports, we’re proud to report this as positive sports news! Hoosier fans rejoice!
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