Caldwell aims to make fifth year pay off

Dontae Caldwell isn’t your average North Carolina kid competing for a Durham high school; in fact, he’s not an N.C. kid at all. A native of Southern California, Caldwell reclassified from 2014 to 2015 and hopes to make this season the one in which he formally introduces himself to college coaches.

Very quickly, Dontae Caldwell established himself as one of last weekend’s eye-catchers at the Prep Phenom Showcase. The 6-4, 180-pound shooting guard suits up for Bull City Prep and came out firing versus New Hope Christian.

Caldwell never did really prove himself consistently at Long Beach (Calif.) St. Anthony, but his quick release jump shot could be his ticket to future offers. He elevates well on his shot and, though the form is slightly unconventional, he can bury them consecutively from long-range.

He also possesses above-average speed and thus can race past opponents in the open floor, making him more balanced than the average designated shooter. He’ll need to learn to play in greater structure and tighten his ballhandling, but he has made nice progress in a short period of time.

”I got here from Long Beach in August,” Caldwell said. “I like it so far.”

Caldwell is only now becoming familiar to Division I programs on the East Coast, but he has made one up-and-coming admirer near his new home.

”I’ve spoken to N.C. Central,” Caldwell said, referring to LeVelle Moton’s Eagles. “They like how I can shoot and like me as a two guard.”

We’ll keep tabs on Caldwell this season to observe whether his perimeter capabilities can land further offers.

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