Report: Former IU basketball star Calbert Cheaney to join Indiana Pacers as assistant coach

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Former IU basketball star Calbert Cheaney is headed to Indianapolis to become an assistant coach for the NBA’s Indiana Pacers according to a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski

“Hoosier Homecoming: Calbert Cheaney is joining the Indiana Pacers as an assistant coach, sources tell ESPN,” Wojnarowski wrote on his Twitter page.  “Cheaney has been a G-League assistant with Atlanta for the past two years.”

Cheaney comes to the Pacers from the NBA’s G-League where he was an assistant for the College Park Skyhawks for one season.  That preceded one season in an assistant role for the Erie BayHawks.

Prior to Erie, Cheaney was an assistant coach for the St. Louis University men’s basketball team (2013-16).

Drafted by the Washington Bullets with the sixth overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft, he enjoyed a 13-year NBA playing career, suiting up for the Bullets/Wizards, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors.  Cheaney appeared in 825 regular season games (497 starts), owning career averages of 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 26.7 minutes per game.

Following his playing career, Calbert spent two seasons working for the Warriors, first as a special assistant in the front office (2009-10), before being promoted to an assistant coach (2010-11). He then spent two seasons as Director of Basketball Operations for IU under head coach Tom Crean (2011-13).

Cheaney starred at Harrison High School in Evansville where he graduated in 1989 and went on to be a legend at IU.

His 2,613 career points from 1989-93 still stand as the most in IU and Big Ten history.

The three-time All-American led the Hoosiers to 105 wins during his four seasons on campus, including four NCAA Tournament appearances, two Big Ten titles and a run to the 1992 Final Four.

Cheaney averaged 22.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game en route to earning Big Ten and National Player of the Year honors as a senior in 1993. He was selected No. 6 overall in the 1993 NBA Draft and went on to play 13 professional seasons.

See also:  Cheaney interview with A.J. Guyton last week.

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