Cheaney to be inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Calbert Cheaney is headed to the hall of fame.

The Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer is among six former players and three coaches selected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Cheaney, who starred at Indiana from 1989 to 1993, will be officially enshrined during a ceremony on Nov. 24 in Kansas City.

Cheaney will join Duke’s Shane Battier, Purdue’s Terry Dischinger, Providence’s Ernie DiGregorio, UNLV’s Larry Johnson and Stanford’s Todd Lichti, along with former coaches Homer Drew, Lute Olson and the late Rick Majerus to form the Class of 2019.

The Evansville native will be the sixth former IU player enshrined, joining Isiah Thomas (2006), Branch McCracken (2006), Walt Bellamy (2006), Quinn Buckner (2016) and Scott May (2017) as members of the Hall of Fame. Former Coach Bob Knight also was inducted in the inaugural class of 2006.

One of the all-time great players in IU and Big Ten lore, Cheaney’s 2,613 career points remain the most in Indiana and conference 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.

The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame is located adjacent to Kansas City’s Sprint Center. The Hall of Fame’s 14th induction celebration will precede the 2019 Hall of Fame Classic, which will showcase Missouri, Oklahoma, Butler and Stanford playing in the annual event from Nov. 25 to 26 at Sprint Center.

13 comments

    1. I was always a huge fan of Majerus…Always wanted IU to give him a shot.

  1. Congrats to Calbert…Guys unique as Calbert were once the foundation of our banners. It was the genius of Knight along with the undaunted spirit of young men attempting to pursue greatness as a team.

    Now we obsess and gush over the ‘One-and-done’…or the ‘Two-and-done’…or the ‘Three-and-done’….We kiss the feet for an understood retreat from getting to grandest stage of March Madness’s final Monday night.

    But Calbert Cheaney obsessed over the candy stripes ‘Getting it Done.’ He is part of the Hoosier bloodlines to banners. Although the teams he played on came up just short, the bloodline and distinction is in the pursuit more than the result.

    This honor is just where it should reside: The honor of the pursuit. The quest to ‘Get it Done.’

    1. You know H4H,

      Interesting you mention the teams Calbert Cheaney playing on coming up just short on another banner. There are two trips to the Final Four by Knight teams which did not produce a banner. The first still aggravates me to this day, as it does you, which is the terrible officiating call on Steve D instead of Bill Walton. The second trip is just as bad, not because of a singular event as the terrible foul call, but because of something worse. I have never seen officiating change so radically from one half to another as it did in the IU-Duke Final Four game in ’92. I still wonder if the officials didn’t change into Duke jerseys at half time.

      1. I thoroughly remember Calbert’s versatility and his seemingly effortless flow to find spacing and open shots ….Sadly, my memory of specific games has faded. Wish I had the same marvelous recollection of specifics from decades ago like many of you, but I just can’t seem to extract those things.
        Now with YouTube…and Wikipedia and all other internet research at our fingertips within seconds of a fresh memory meal, I often wonder if it’s supplementing my memories or building ‘fake’ memories of sort. I wonder if memories will get lazy? I think mine just got old.
        Anything before the year 2000 is mostly a blur(other than those childhood and teenage years things that seem to find the file folder that never gets lost).

        Scary to lose memory ….We seem like vegetable matter without it.

  2. Cheaney was a great player for IU and gave fans seasons to remember. It is great getting to see him recognized for his college career while at IU.

  3. Calbert was an absolute monster, with as complete a game as I’ve seen in college hoops. Feels overdue, but I’m not sure how their process works.

    The only one who could stop him was Teddy TV.

  4. Just looked up his 4 year stats. They’re siiiiiick:

    https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/players/calbert-cheaney-1.html

    Career FG%: 56%
    3pt FG%: 44%
    FT%: 79%
    TO/Game: 2.1
    TRB/Game: 5.4
    Points/Game: 19.8

    Crazy how consistent he was over 4 years. His junior year was his worst year, stat-wise, but he only slightly dropped off. Mostly due to a drop in 3 pt FG%. But it is just a blip.

    Also, all this celebration about his 4 year commitment was just a product of the time. In 2019, if you start in almost every game in the Big Ten, average 22 pts/game, you would be NBA bound. It is unlikely anyone will break his record, since kids that have those stats in yr 1 or 2 today are gone by year 2 or 3.

    But it’s far better to point fingers about “selfish kids today” than it is to understand that Calbert, although not only an amazing player, but an incredible human being, would have made similar decisions about his career had the culture and circumstances been different in his era.

    1. Also, all this celebration about his 4 year commitment was just a product of the time.

      Well, that’s not completely true. Isiah left after two season during a time much earlier than Cheaney. Difference? Isiah took home a banner…What else can be done?
      I think Calbert was on the same quest…..He wanted a championship for Indiana. It is the guest after all. It’s not about ‘One and done’…or ‘Two and done’…It’s about the quest to ‘Get it Done.’

      Go Texas Tech! They are a team breaking the mold while proving grit, defense and mature leadership can still be a formula in ‘getting it done’ despite a game far too often infiltrated by ‘dollar signs’ of indifference and ‘me first’ attitudes.

      Was Cheaney a draft candidate after his sophomore or junior year? I’m not sure nor do I care to check. I believe he would have fought for banners until the last day of his college eligibility.

    2. I don’t care if kid’s are selfish…There are plenty of adults more childish and selfish(e.g. Oval Office).
      It’s a team game and the jersey should mean something to you. If you want it to be mostly about ‘you,’ then leave as fast as you can. That’s fine with selfish me….who would like more selfish banners for selfish IU. It’s been a while…You shouldn’t come here acting like that’s why you came and then be content with recliners being named after you. If you’re going to talk the talk, then walk the walk.
      And don’t discount some “kids’ who could go to the NBA but still choose to stay for the college game in the quest to do something very special with teammates who become their blood brothers in candy stripes. Also keep in mind, college matures more than a game…and the potential memories of achievements with brothers will carry a smile long after the thrill of short-lived limelight.

  5. I was attending IU during the Calbert years and went to Minneapolis for the Final Four, my senior year. Even the Michigan fans were upset about how bad IU was jobbed. They were hoping for an IU/Michigan final. Remember that was the first year of the Fab 5 that IU beat twice that year. My greatest memory of Calbert was his battles with Jim Jackson of OSU. Wonderful games vs OSU but it always seemed that Jackson would get the best of us.

    1. Jackson (Ohio State : 1989–1992) decided to forgo his senior season at OSU and enter the NBA draft.
      In Cheaney’s senior season (IU: 1989-1993), he did not have to go against Jackson when playing OSU….

      The quest for banners, bitches.

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