Calbert Cheaney
Personal information
Born (1971-07-17) July 17, 1971 (age 52)
Evansville, Indiana
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolWilliam Henry Harrison
(Evansville, Indiana)
CollegeIndiana (1989–1993)
NBA draft1993: 1st round, 6th overall pick
Selected by the Washington Bullets
Playing career1993–2006
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Number40, 29
Career history
19931999Washington Bullets / Wizards
1999–2000Boston Celtics
20002002Denver Nuggets
2002–2003Utah Jazz
20032006Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points7,826 (9.5 ppg)
Rebounds2,610 (3.2 rpg)
Assists1,398 (1.7 apg)
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Stats at
Men’s basketball
Representing  United States
FIBA Americas U18 Championship
Gold medal – first place 1990 Montevideo National team
Summer Universiade
Gold medal – first place 1991 Sheffield National team

Calbert Nathaniel Cheaney (born July 17, 1971 in Evansville, Indiana) is a retired basketball player and currently director of basketball operations for Indiana University. During a thirteen year NBA career, Cheaney played for five different teams, averaging 9.5 points and 3.2 rebounds.[1]

Early life

Cheaney played high school ball at William Henry Harrison High School in Evansville and was selected to the 1989 Indiana All-Star team. Cheaney was a high school stand-out, but few would have predicted he would capture the Naismith Award.


Cheaney played both shooting guard and small forward at Indiana University for head coach Bob Knight. He was Knight's first left-handed player and began his career with a flash, scoring 20 points in the season opener of his freshman year (the only Indiana freshman to ever do so).

Cheaney was known as smooth leader all four years at Indiana. During the last three of his years at Indiana, the team spent all but two of the 53 poll weeks in the top 10, and 38 of them in the top 5. The Hoosiers were 87-16 (.845) those years and a 46-8 (.852) mark in the Big Ten Conference.[2] Of the four years Cheaney played the Hoosiers went 105-27 and captured two Big Ten crowns ('91 and '93). The 105 games won during Cheaney's four years is the most of any Hoosier.

As a junior, during the 1991-92 season, Indiana reached the 1992 NCAA Final Four, but fell to Duke in a foul-plagued game in Minneapolis. As a senior, during the 1992-93 season, the 31-4 Hoosiers finished the season at the top of the AP Poll, but were defeated by Kansas in the Elite Eight.[2]

While at Indiana, Cheaney scored 30 or more points thirteen times and averaged 19.8 points per game, with a high of 22.4 as senior. With 2,613 career points, he is the all-time leading scorer of both Indiana and the Big Ten.[1]

At the conclusion of his collegiate career, Cheaney had captured virtually every post-season honor available. He was the national Player of the Year (winning both the Wooden and Naismith award), a unanimous All-American, and Big Ten Player of the Year.

Professional career

Cheaney was selected 6th overall by the Washington Bullets in the 1993 NBA Draft. His strongest showing as pro came in 1994-5 when he averaged a career-high 16.6 points for Washington. He would go on to play for the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, and Utah Jazz, before closing his career out with the Golden State Warriors, retiring after the 2005-6 season.[1]

Off the court, Cheaney appeared along with many of his Bullet teammates in singer Crystal Waters' 1996 video "Say If You Feel Alright". He also appeared in the 1994 film Blue Chips as a player for Indiana University.


Following his retirement as a player, Cheaney served as a special assistant coach for the Warriors for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. On June 18, 2011, it was announced that Cheaney would return to Indiana University as Director of Basketball Operations.[1]

Basketball honors


  1. ^ a b c d "Calbert Cheaney to join Indiana staff". ESPN. 18 June 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
  2. ^ a b Hammel, Bob (1999). Glory of Old IU. United States: Sports Publishing Inc. ISBN 1-58261-068-1.