Calliste Turns Into Viable Spring Option

Available guards who can come in and be ready to play as a freshman are few and far between. Canadian born Jason Calliste is one of the very best on the board and he's taking his time.

If you're a program looking for a point guard, a combo or a shooter, then Jason Calliste at senior at Winston Salem (N.C.) Quality Education, is sort of a one-stop shop guard.

The Canadian-born Calliste, a 6-foot-2 member of the Class of 2009, forged a reputation last summer with Grassroots Canada as a shooter. The unofficial MVP of the adidas Super 64, Calliste stroked jumpers en route to the championship.

"That was big because it showed me that I can play," Calliste said. "All these guys that are going high-major but I can play with them."

His calling card, a deep and accurate stroke, didn't come without the work. "My brother puts in a lot of work with me and Coach Ro Russell helped develop it and he fixed it when I was younger."

Now, Calliste is expanding his game. "I can play the one or the two, it doesn't really matter. I'm comfortable at both."

Calliste entertained mid-level attention during the early period but opted to not sign. "I thought about it but I wasn't in a real rush to sign early." Chattanooga was his lone official visit and did a nice job with him. VCU, Rhode Island, Detroit, Charlotte and Arkansas are recruiting him during the season.

"I want somewhere I can go and play right away and be comfortable."

Thus far he's been to Western Carolina, Charlotte, Marshall and Chattanooga. Other visits will happen. "I want to visit Rhode Island, VCU and that's about it right now. I like those two schools."

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