Ex-NBA player Calbert Cheaney leaves Indiana for assistant job at Saint Louis

calbert-cheaneyFormer NBA player Calbert Cheaney, the all-time leading scorer in the Big Ten and one of the best to ever wear an Indiana uniform, is leaving his position as director of basketball operations in Bloomington for an assistant coaching job at Saint Louis University.

Inside the Hall confirmed a report Tuesday evening by the Indiana Rivals site that Cheaney had accepted the position.

A spokesperson at Saint Louis also confirmed Cheaney’s hiring to Inside the Hall.

“It is bittersweet to leave Indiana,” Cheaney said in a release issued by Saint Louis on Wednesday. “Learning and building relationships with Coach (Tom) Crean, the IU staff and the players was an unbelievable experience. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

A major motivation in Cheaney’s decision to accept the job was the opportunity to get on the floor and work with players and also recruit, according to a source.

“Calbert played an invaluable role in the success we enjoyed the last two years and we are excited for what the future holds for him and his family,” Crean said in a release. “He brought a great deal to us and in turn, I think he gained valuable insight into the profession during his time at IU.

Cheaney joined Crean’s staff at Indiana on June 18, 2011.

Cheaney was a three time All-American (1991,92, 93) for the Hoosiers who was named College Player of the Year and won both the Wooden and Naismith Awards and Big Ten Player of the Year as a senior.

He is the all-time leading scorer in Big Ten history with 2,613 points and led Indiana to a 105-27 record, a Final Four appearance in 1992 and a No. 1 ranking for most of the 1993 season.

Cheaney played 13  seasons in the NBA, 6 of them for Washington Bullets/Wizards. He averaged double-figures in scoring in his first 5 seasons in the league, and career high 16.6 ppg in 1994-95.

Cheaney played a total of 825 games in the NBA (starting in 498), holding career averages of 9.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg in 26.7 mpg.


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