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Last updated: August 20, 2013 10:30 p.m.

Calbert Cheaney joins SLU staff

Sean Morrison
The Journal Gazette

Indiana director of basketball operations Calbert Cheaney left the program and accepted an assistant coaching position with Saint Louis University on Tuesday, IU announced.

Cheaney, a former Hoosier, All-American and National Player of the Year, joins a SLU staff led by Jim Crews. Crews is also a former IU player.

IU coach Tom Crean brought Cheaney in on June 18, 2011. Cheaney was up for the IU assistant coaching position in 2012, but chose to remain the director of basketball operations after just a year on the job.

The Hoosiers hired Kenny Johnson in his stead.

Cheaney became the all-time leading scorer in Big Ten history during his career in Bloomington and averaged 19.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. He was a three-time All-American and went to a Final Four during his playing career.

Cheaney replaces Jim Whitesell, who took a position as assistant coach at St. John's in early August

“Calbert played an invaluable role in the success we enjoyed the last two years, and we are excited for what the future holds for him and his family," Crean said in a statement. "He brought a great deal to us and in turn, I think he gained valuable insight into the profession during his time at IU. 

"He has come to have a strong desire to return to the floor coaching and can do so with someone he trusts and respects in Jim Crews.  He will do an outstanding job and there is no doubt in my mind that he has a tremendous future coaching at any level.”