Greg Calixte Attracts Interest at Peach Jam

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC. -- One of DePaul's main targets in the Class of 2017 is New York native and power forward Greg Calixte.

The 6-foot-8, 230 pound center recently competed with the New York Rens in the Nike Peach Jam as he's been a key reserve for them for most of the spring and summer.

A native of Mount Vernon who attends Mount Vernon High School, Calixte is actively hearing from DePaul, as they've been one of the programs that is on him the hardest. 

"La Salle, DePaul, and Bowling Green. I have several other offers but those are the schools recruiting me the hardest," Calixte said.

Besides those three schools, Calixte claims scholarship offers from Hofstra, Iona and Saint Peter's as the Blue Demons remain his only high-major offer to date. Calixte has noticed the significance of having a Big East offer and that hasn't been lost on him.

"It's nice. It's the Big East. It's one of the biggest conferences in college right now," Calixte said.

Calixte is also looking to take an official visit to DePaul after July to get a feel for campus life and how the program operates.

"Pretty much after July I'm going to take a couple of visits. DePaul, Bowling Green and the local schools that have offered me," Calixte said.

"[DePaul] has a new coaching staff and they're trying to rebuild. I'm just getting a feel for it. Pretty much seeing how it is. The facilities, the coaching staff, playing with them."

As for the rest of July, Calixte is trying to do the little things to help the Rens win. Since he's on a team loaded with high-major prospects, including five-star shooting guard Hamidou Diallo and top-100 wing Jordan Tucker, Calixte is tasked with doing a lot of the little things. 

"My focus is playing hard and getting better in the post," Calixte said. "Running the floor, rebounding, posting."

"[I want to show] more of a face-up game. I'm kind of an undersized big. My face-up game and working on my mid-range jump shot is my focus."

Playing against elite big men in the Nike EYBL has also opened Calixte's eyes to how college basketball might look next season.

"It's great. Playing them hard, learning from it. It's something to prepare you for the next level," Calixte said. "It's the Nike EYBL; everybody is good out here."

As for a recruiting timetable, Calixte is going to play the rest of the July live evaluation period before deciding his next step. He'll likely set up visits and form a list after he's done playing for the month.

"That's what I'm discussing with my coaches and my mom," Calixte said. "Pretty much after the July session. I'll set a couple visits."