Calbert Nathaniel Cheaney (born July 17, 1971) is a retired American basketball player and currently an assistant coach for the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League. He starred as a player for the Indiana Hoosiers from 1989-93 under coach Bob Knight. Cheaney ended his career as a three-time All-American and remains the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer with 2,613 career points. He led Indiana to a 105-27 record and the NCAA Tournament all four years, including a Final Four appearance in 1992.
At the conclusion of his collegiate basketball career Cheaney captured virtually every post-season honor available, including National Player of the Year (winning both the Wooden and Naismith award), a unanimous All-American, and Big Ten Player of the Year. Cheaney subsequently spent thirteen years in the NBA playing for five different teams.
|League||NBA G League|
|Born||July 17, 1971|
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||209 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||William Henry Harrison|
|NBA draft||1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall|
|Selected by the Washington Bullets|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|1993–1999||Washington Bullets / Wizards|
|2003–2006||Golden State Warriors|
|2013–2016||Saint Louis (assistant)|
|2018–present||Erie BayHawks (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||7,826 (9.5 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,610 (3.2 rpg)|
|Assists||1,398 (1.7 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Born in Evansville, Indiana, 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 a season-ending injury midway through his senior year pushed him off the national radar and left him as a virtual unknown in Indiana University's #1 ranked recruiting class of 1989.
Cheaney played small forward for the Indiana University Hoosiers for head coach Bob Knight. He was Knight's first left-handed player. Cheaney was known as a 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. 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 was the most of any Hoosier to that point.
Cheaney 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). However, the 1989-90 team ran into tougher competition in January after winning all 10 of their pre-conference games. Taken aback by the intensity of play within the Big Ten, the young Hoosier squad went 8-10 in conference play and were upset by California in their NCAA Tournament opening game. Cheaney averaged 17 points a game as a freshman.
“Our freshman year was very, very subpar,” Cheaney said. “We started out excellent and when we got into the Big Ten we were in for a rude awakening. I knew once that season was over and we started working out over the summer, we were going to become a pretty good team. I knew we were going to be a team to be reckoned with the next three years."
Cheaney averaged 21.6 points per game as a sophomore, with the Hoosiers ending the 1990-91 regular season with an overall record of 29–5 and a conference record of 15–3, finishing 1st in the Big Ten Conference. As conference champions, the Hoosiers were invited to participate in the 1991 NCAA Tournament as a 2-seed, where they advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. Cheaney noted, “I had a very good sophomore year, but I played a lot of international ball. I played on the Tournament of America team and the World University team. I think I wore myself out a little bit, and when my junior year rolled around, I wasn’t up to par.”
As a junior during the 1991–92 season, Cheaney felt he struggled from being worn down by substantial play over the summer. Moreover, with the addition of other talent from players like Alan Henderson, Cheaney "didn’t have to score as much." He regressed to an average of 17.6 points per game and his three-point shooting percentage dropped significantly. The Hoosiers finished the regular season with an overall record of 27–7 and a conference record of 14–4, finishing 2nd in the Big Ten Conference. The Hoosiers were invited to participate in the 1992 NCAA Tournament as a 2-seed, where they advanced to the Final Four, but fell to Duke in a foul-plagued game in Minneapolis.
As a senior during the 1992–93 season, Cheaney averaged 22.4 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game. The Hoosiers finished the regular season with an overall record of 31–4 and a conference record of 17–1, finishing 1st in the Big Ten Conference. As the Big Ten Conference Champions, the Hoosiers were invited to participate in the 1993 NCAA Tournament as a 1-seed, where they advanced to the Elite Eight for the second year in a row, but were defeated by Kansas.
Over the course of his career 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. 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.
Cheaney was selected 6th overall by the Washington Bullets in the 1993 NBA draft. His strongest showing as pro came in 1994–1995 when he averaged a career-high 16.6 points for Washington. He spent six years playing for the Bullets/Wizards (including a playoff appearance in 1997). He would go on to play for the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, and Utah Jazz, before closing his career out with three years with the Golden State Warriors, retiring after the 2005–06 season. During his thirteen-year NBA career, Cheaney played for five different teams, averaging 9.5 points and 3.2 rebounds.
Off the court, Cheaney appeared along with many of his 1997 Bullet teammates (Juwan Howard, Ben Wallace, and Ashraf Amaya) in singer Crystal Waters' 1996 video "Say If You Feel Alright". He also appeared in the 1994 film Blue Chips as a player for the Indiana University Hoosiers.
Following his retirement as a player, Cheaney spent two seasons on the staff for the Golden State Warriors. He was a special assistant in the front office in 2009-10, and in 2010-11 he was an assistant coach under fellow Indiana alumnus Keith Smart. He then returned to Indiana in 2011 and served as Director of Basketball Operations under coach Tom Crean. The following year he added the title of Director of Internal and External Player Development.
On August 21, 2013, Cheaney announced that he had accepted an assistant coach position at Saint Louis University under head coach Jim Crews, a fellow alumnus of Indiana University. During his first season with St. Louis in 2013-14 the Billikens finished with a 27-7 record and secured an Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season title and an NCAA Tournament appearance. Cheaney left the St. Louis staff in 2016 with the departure of Crews as head coach.
The Consensus 1991 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The United Press International and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.1992 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans
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The Consensus 1993 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The United Press International and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.1993 in basketball
The following are the basketball events of the year 1993 throughout the world.1993–94 Washington Bullets season
The 1993–94 NBA season was the Bullets' 33rd season in the National Basketball Association. In the offseason, the Bullets acquired Kevin Duckworth from the Portland Trail Blazers. However, Duckworth never lived up to expectations as he struggled with weight problems. After a 6–6 start to the season, the Bullets struggles continued losing ten straight games, then suffering a nine-game losing streak in March. Injuries continued to bite the team as key players Rex Chapman, and top draft pick Calbert Cheaney missed significant stretches, and Pervis Ellison missed half of the season again. The Bullets finished last place in the Atlantic Division with a 24–58 record. Second-year forward Don MacLean led them with 18.2 points per game (tied with Chapman), and was named Most Improved Player of The Year. Following the season, Ellison signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Boston Celtics, Michael Adams was traded to the Charlotte Hornets, and head coach Wes Unseld was fired.1998–99 Washington Wizards season
The 1998–99 NBA season was the Wizards' 38th season in the National Basketball Association. Prior to the start of the season, which was delayed by a four-month lockout, the Wizards acquired All-Star guard Mitch Richmond and Otis Thorpe from the Sacramento Kings. Richmond had a solid season leading the team in scoring averaging 19.7 points per game. Meanwhile, Rod Strickland finished second in the league with 9.9 assists per game. However, the Wizards continued to under achieve as head coach Bernie Bickerstaff was fired after a 13–19 start, and was replaced with Jim Brovelli midway through the season. The team lost seven of their final nine games finishing sixth in the Atlantic Division with a disappointing 18–32 record. Following the season, Thorpe signed as a free agent with the Miami Heat, Calbert Cheaney signed with the Boston Celtics, Ben Wallace was traded to the Orlando Magic, and Brovelli was fired as coach.1999–2000 Boston Celtics season
The 1999–00 NBA season was the 54th season for the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Celtics signed free agent Calbert Cheaney while acquiring Danny Fortson, and former Celtics forward Eric Williams from the Denver Nuggets. In the third year of the Rick Pitino era, the Celtics played around .500 for the first few months, but then struggled suffering a ten-game losing streak between March and April. Fans and the media began to show their impatience with the struggling franchise, who finished out of the playoffs again with a 35–47 record, fifth in the Atlantic Division. Second-year star Paul Pierce had a stellar season averaging 19.5 points per game, which was second on the team in scoring. Following the season, Dana Barros was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, who then traded him to the Detroit Pistons two months later, Cheaney was traded to the Denver Nuggets, and Fortson was dealt to the Golden State Warriors.2000–01 Denver Nuggets season
The 2000–01 NBA season was the Nuggets' 25th season in the National Basketball Association, and 34th season as a franchise. During the offseason, the Nuggets acquired Calbert Cheaney and former Nuggets guard Robert Pack from the Boston Celtics, while acquiring Voshon Lenard from the Miami Heat. However, Cheaney only played just nine games due to a strained left hamstring. At midseason, the Nuggets traded Keon Clark to the Toronto Raptors for Kevin Willis. Antonio McDyess finally realized his potential averaging 20.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, while being selected for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game. The Nuggets were a playoff contender posting a record of 26–18 as of January 27. However, they faded in February and March winning just nine of 28 games as they missed the playoffs with a 40–42 record, sixth in the Midwest Division. Following the season, Willis was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, who then sent him back to the Houston Rockets, and Pack was released.2001–02 Denver Nuggets season
The 2001–02 NBA season was the Nuggets' 26th season in the National Basketball Association, and 35th season as a franchise. During the offseason, the Nuggets signed free agents Isaiah Rider and Avery Johnson. However, Rider would play in just ten games before being waived on November 20. After finishing just two games below .500 the previous season, the Nuggets suffered another disastrous setback as Antonio McDyess suffered a preseason knee injury, which limited him to just ten games. Things would only get worse in December as head coach Dan Issel got into hot water after yelling a racial slur at a Mexican fan. Issel was suspended for four games and was forced to resign, being replaced by his assistant Mike Evans. At midseason, Nick Van Exel was traded along with Johnson, Raef LaFrentz and Tariq Abdul-Wahad to the Dallas Mavericks for Juwan Howard and Tim Hardaway. The Nuggets finished sixth in the Midwest Division with a 27–55 record.
Following the season, McDyess was traded to the New York Knicks, Voshon Lenard signed as a free agent with the Toronto Raptors, Calbert Cheaney signed with the Utah Jazz, Hardaway and George McCloud were both released, and Evans was fired as coach.2002–03 Utah Jazz season
The 2002–03 NBA season was the Jazz's 29th season in the National Basketball Association, and 24th season in Salt Lake City, Utah. During the offseason, the Jazz signed free agents Matt Harpring, Calbert Cheaney and Mark Jackson. The team finished third in the Midwest Division with a 47–35 record, and qualified for the playoffs for the twentieth straight season. However, the Jazz once again failed to make it out of the first round, losing to the Sacramento Kings in five games. This season also marked the end of the Stockton and Malone era. John Stockton and Karl Malone were both given a long standing ovation after Game 4 at the Delta Center, and another one after Game 5 at the ARCO Arena. Following the season, Stockton retired ending his nineteen-year career while Malone signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers. Also following the season, Cheaney signed with the Golden State Warriors and Jackson was released. The Jazz would not return to the playoffs until 2007.2003–04 Golden State Warriors season
The 2003–04 NBA season was the Warriors' 58th season in the National Basketball Association, and 42nd season in the San Francisco Bay Area. During the offseason, the Warriors acquired Nick Van Exel from the Dallas Mavericks, and Clifford Robinson from the Detroit Pistons while signing free agents Calbert Cheaney and Speedy Claxton. The Warriors began to show they were turning the corner as they got off to a 14–13 start. However, as the New Year began, they went on a 7-game losing streak. Despite a nine-game losing streak between February and March, the Warriors would then win seven straight games. However, they yet again missed the playoffs by finishing fifth in the Pacific Division with a 37–45 record. Despite their record, the Warriors were very successful at home posting a 27–14 record at The Arena in Oakland. Following the season, head coach Eric Musselman was fired, Van Exel was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, and Erick Dampier was traded to the Dallas Mavericks as the Warriors were unable to re-sign him.Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
The Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Big Ten Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1984–85 season. Only two players have won the award multiple times: Jim Jackson of Ohio State (1991, 1992) and Mateen Cleaves of Michigan State (1998, 1999). Eight players who won the Big Ten Player of the Year award were also named the national player of the year by one or more major voting bodies: Jim Jackson (1992), Calbert Cheaney of Indiana (1993), Glenn Robinson of Purdue (1994), Evan Turner of Ohio State (2010), Trey Burke of Michigan 2013, Draymond Green of Michigan State (2012), Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin (2015), and Denzel Valentine of Michigan State (2016).
Michigan State has the record for the most winners with nine. Of current Big Ten Conference members, six schools have never had a winner: Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, and Rutgers. Of these, only Iowa and Northwestern were in the conference since the inception of this award—Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1991, Nebraska joined in 2011, followed by Maryland and Rutgers in 2014.Greg Graham
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The Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team represents Indiana University in NCAA Division I college basketball and competes in the Big Ten Conference. The Hoosiers play on Branch McCracken Court at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Indiana has won five NCAA Championships in men's basketball (1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987) — the first two under coach Branch McCracken and the latter three under Bob Knight. Indiana's 1976 squad remains the last undefeated NCAA men's basketball champion.The Hoosiers are tied for sixth in NCAA Tournament appearances (39), seventh in NCAA Tournament victories (66), tied for eighth in Final Four appearances (8), and 11th in overall victories. The Hoosiers have won 22 Big Ten Conference Championships and have the best winning percentage in conference games at nearly 60 percent. No team has had more All-Big Ten selections than the Hoosiers with 53. The Hoosiers also rank seventh in all-time AP poll appearances (560) and sixth in the number of weeks spent ranked No. 1 (54). Every four-year men's basketball letterman since 1973 has earned a trip to the NCAA basketball tournament. Additionally, every four-year player since 1950 has played on a nationally ranked squad at Indiana.The Hoosiers are among the most storied programs in the history of college basketball. A 2019 study listed Indiana as the fifth most valuable collegiate basketball program in the country. Indiana has ranked in the top 20 nationally in men's basketball attendance every season since Assembly Hall opened in 1972, and often in the top five.Indiana has two main rivalries including in-state, against the Purdue Boilermakers (see Indiana–Purdue rivalry), and out-of-state, against the Kentucky Wildcats (see Indiana–Kentucky rivalry.)List of U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards
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Atiku Abubakar, billionaire and vice president of Nigeria
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Robert A. Altman, owner of ZeniMax Media; married to Lynda Carter
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Surinder Arora, English hotelier
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Howard Behrens, painter
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Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security
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Thomas Friedman, author
Phil Galfond, professional poker player
John Glenn, Senator and astronaut
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Ayman Hariri, Lebanese billionaire and son of Rafic Hariri
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John Hendricks, founder and former chairman of Discovery Communications
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Frank Islam, philanthropist and founder of QSS Group
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Antawn Jamison, NBA player
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Eddie Jordan, former NBA coach
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Ted Koppel, former ABC News anchor
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Richard Kane, President and CEO of International Limousine Service
Sugar Ray Leonard, professional and Olympic champion boxer
Ted Leonsis, owner of the NHL's Washington Capitals, NBA's Washington Wizards, and WNBA's Washington Mystics
Ted Lerner, owner of Lerner Enterprises and MLB's Washington Nationals
Bruce Levenson, owner of NBA's Atlanta Hawks
Barry Levinson, Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter
Liza Levy, Jewish community activist
Chelsea Manning, convicted of violating the Espionage Act
J.W. Marriott, Jr., billionaire executive of Marriott International
Mac McGarry, host of the Washington and Charlottesville, Virginia, versions of It's Academic
Nana Meriwether, Miss Maryland USA 2012, Miss USA 2012 (succeeded)
Serge Mombouli, Ambassador of Congo 2000-2010
Taylor Momsen, actress from CW TV series Gossip Girl
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The following is a list of players of the 1997–present Washington Wizards professional American basketball team. Before the 1997-98 season the Wizards were known as the Chicago Packers (1961–1962), Chicago Zephyrs (1962–1963), Baltimore Bullets (1963–1973), Capital Bullets (1973–1974), and the Washington Bullets (1974–1997).
Erie BayHawks current roster
Calbert Cheaney – championships, awards and honors