Aug. 2, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Calbert Cheaney, the all-time leading scorer in IU and Big Ten history, took some time to discuss his first couple weeks on the job in Bloomington as Director of Basketball Operations. He sat down with IUHoosiers.com to talk about how things have been.
On moving his family to Bloomington:
"It went well. We spent all last week moving boxes and everything, so we're pretty much settled in."
For his children, the importance of being closer to family in Evansville:
"It's excellent for them. Since I've been on the west coast these last few years it has been tough on my family and my wife's family. (Now) it's good for them to be able to engage with the kids. It's great to be able to come back to the Midwest. It's not far from D.C. where my wife's family is, and Evansville where my family lives. It's great for the children, they get to see their cousins and their aunts and uncles."
The excitement of being back on a college campus:
"It's excellent. The fact I'm able to come back here, to the Indiana University basketball program where I played here from '89-'93. It's just wonderful."
Changes he's noticed from when he was here:
"Aside from the new buildings, everything's pretty much been the same. They still have the dorms and everything. It's a little bit like walking back in time on campus. But like I said, it's just a joy being back on campus and contributing to the program."
Advice for players on how best to use offseason time:
"Good, old-fashioned hard work. There is no substitute for hard work. There is no secret formula for getting better, except for hard work. You have to go out and work hard and be the best you possibly can and try always to be consistent."
On his even temperament as a player and if he wants to instill that in current players:
On the importance of leadership and experience:
"I think it varies from individual to individual, I was a very shy kid growing up, and it took me awhile in my time at Indiana to be a leader. But it varies. I was a guy that tried to lead by example and if I had something to say, I'd say it."
"Everybody has to be on the same page. When everybody is on the same page and everybody is looking towards the same goals that's where the leadership aspect comes into play. And as far as players are concerned, they have to be on the same page. If they are on the same page on and off the floor, it makes for a very good basketball team."
Things learned in the NBA that would have helped him during college:
"Taking care of my body. I didn't take very good care of my body until my fourth year in the NBA. You have to take care of your body by having to have a good diet. In the NBA, you play the equivalent of maybe three college seasons, in one season in the NBA. So you have to take care of yourself mentally and physically."
What would it have been like to have a facility like Cook Hall when he was there?
"It would have been wonderful. The fact I could have total access to a facility like this, couldn't compare to anything else. Back when I was playing here, we didn't really have anywhere to go other than Assembly Hall, and back at that time, you'd have to hope the lights were still on and the goals were still up so you could go in there and shoot. But here, we have everything you'd want. In terms of shooting, the lounge, you can come in here and study, you can come watch film, you can do a lot of things at this facility that other campuses don't have."
On what kind of impact he wants to have on the program:
"I'm just trying to come here and contribute the best I possibly can. That's all. I'm going to try and help these kids elevate themselves to the next level. Tom (Crean) and the coaching staff have done a wonderful job laying the foundation. I'm here to do my part and help out in anyway I can."