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Calbert Cheaney

Height: 6-7 Weight: 209 lbs

Position(s) Small forward, Shooting guard
Jersey #(s) 40
Born July 17, 1971 (1971-07-17) (age 38)
Evansville, Indiana
Career information
Year(s) 1993–2006
NBA Draft 1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
College Indiana
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA)
Points     7,826
Rebounds     2,610
Assists     1,398
Stats @
Career highlights and awards

Calbert Nathaniel Cheaney (born July 17, 1971 in Evansville, Indiana) is a retired basketball player and currently an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. He was selected 6th overall by the Washington Bullets in the 1993 NBA Draft. His last team was the Golden State Warriors in the 2005-06 season.

He 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.

Off the court, Cheaney appeared along with many of his Bullet teammates in singer Crystal Waters' 1996 video "Say If You Feel Alright".

On August 19, 2009, Cheaney was hired by the Warriors as a special assistant coach.

Big Ten performance

Cheaney was both a shooting guard and a small forward at Indiana University where his offensive game and defensive prowess helped him lead one of the most exciting Hoosier teams ever. Four years of instruction from Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight and Cheaney's resilient work ethic helped the 6' 7" southpaw maximize his talent. His skills and character fit perfectly into the Hoosiers' system.

Led by Cheaney, the 1991-1993 Hoosiers were ranked by the polls among the top five in America for most of those two seasons. Along the way, the Class of 1993 defended their home court relentlessly. When the Hoosiers lost to Iowa by a single point on February 21, 1991, this was the last time a visiting team would win at Assembly Hall until Michigan did so in 1995 - a streak of 56 games. Indiana reached the 1992 NCAA Final Four, but fell to Duke in a foul-plagued game in Minneapolis. In 1993, the 31-4 Hoosiers finished the season at the top of the AP Poll.

While at Indiana, Cheaney scored 30 or more points thirteen times and averaged 19.8 points per game in his collegiate career, with a high of 22.4 as senior. Cheaney won 105 games in his four years - the most of any Hoosier. Over his last three seasons in college, Cheaney led his teams to an 87-16 (.845) record and a 46-8 (.852) mark in the Big Ten Conference; they won nine games in the NCAA tournament and captured two Big Ten crowns ('91 and '93).

Basketball honors

  • 1993: Won all 12 NCAA National Player of the year awards. Unanimous First-Team All America
  • All-America 1991, 1992, 1993
  • 1993 Big Ten Conference MVP
  • All-Big Ten 1991, 1992, 1993
  • Big Ten's All Time Scoring Leader (2,613)
  • Indiana University's All-Time leading scorer
  • Four time IU team MVP
  • Selected to Indiana University's All-Century First Team
  • 1993 USBWA College Player of the Year

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Preceded by
Christian Laettner
Naismith College Player of the Year (men)
Succeeded by
Glenn Robinson
Preceded by
Christian Laettner
John R. Wooden Award (men)
Succeeded by
Glenn Robinson


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