Calbert Cheaney joins Indiana basketball staff

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Tom Crean set as a goal in the rebuilding of the Indiana basketball program to invite famous alumni back to the school to join in the process.

Some have answered that call as fans, but Calbert Cheaney wants something a little bit more.

The Hoosier great will be the Director of Basketball Operations, the school announced on Saturday, bringing one of the best players in school history back to Bloomington.

“My family and I believe that this was the right time to begin a career in college basketball and I am especially looking forward to playing a role in the growth of the players at Indiana,” said Cheaney though a release from the university.  “I’m very grateful to Coach Crean for this opportunity to return to IU and I look forward to contributing immediately in any way possible.”

During the past two seasons Cheaney did so working to the NBA's Golden State Warriors as a special assistant in 2009-2010 and then an assistant for Warriors coach and former Indiana player Keith Smart.

“Calbert will have an impact on our program in a major way,” said Crean in a statement release through Indiana.  “He wants to get into coaching full time and he knows the path it takes, the work ethic and the sacrifice.  Every kid who plays college basketball at this level aspires to achieve what Calbert did on and off the court, both collegiately and as a professional.

"Having him here as a mentor on a day-to-day basis will be invaluable to our players.”

It could be argued that no one was more valuable during his days at Indiana than Cheaney, an Evansville native who rewrote the record book with the Hoosiers. He finished as the Big Ten's All-Time leading scorer 2,613 points-averaging 19.8 points a contest during his career from 1989-1993.

Following his senior season, he was named the Naismith and Wooden National Player of the Year Award winner to go along with Big Ten MVP honors. 

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