Playing with the Florida Sons on the grassroots circuit this summer, 2017 guard A.J. Caldwell continued to showcase his long-range shooting prowess.
"I thought it went really well. From the beginning of the season we played really well together and all got along," Caldwell said. "It was a good experience for me, and I think for the rest of them too."
Caldwell's play over the summer earned him new offers from Saint Louis, Bucknell, and Vermont. These schools joined Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, North Florida, William & Mary, Lehigh, Iona, and South Alabama on the list of programs that have offered the three-star prospect.
“I’m going to try to talk it over with my parents this weekend and over the next few days," Caldwell said on Thursday. "And then try to cut my list in the middle of next week to four or five schools."
He then plans on taking visits to the schools in August and September and wants to commit prior to the beginning of his senior season.
"Just to get it out of the way and know where I’m going," Caldwell said.
FGCU is one of the programs vying for a visit and eventual commitment from the sharp-shooting guard. The Eagles have been pursuing Caldwell for quite some time.
"They started recruiting me back when Marty [Coach Richter] was in the system," Caldwell said. "It was a couple years back when I was a freshman or sophomore. He always had interest in me and Coach Fly kept that going."
Caldwell has continually returned to Fort Myers, playing with Riverview High School in front of the Eagles coaching staff at FGCU's annual team camp over the summer.
"I’ve only seen it [Florida Gulf Coast University] when I’m down there at camp. A lot of kids from my high school go to school there and they’ve told me that they really like the campus and it’s really nice," Caldwell said.
He also played in FGCU's backyard at the City of Palms Classic in December of 2015. ScoutHoops recruiting expert Evan Daniels had this to say about Caldwell.
"Shooters with good size are a hot commodity and AJ Caldwell, of Sarasota (Fla.) Riverview, certainly fits that billing. At 6-foot-4, Caldwell has impressive shot mechanics, footwork and preparation. He’s capable of shooting the ball on the move and has deep range on his shot."
While also taking pride in being a smart player and making the right decisions on the court, Caldwell knows what he has to improve upon.
"I would say just my athletic ability overall, but mostly defensively my lateral quickness," Caldwell said. "Trying to stay with some of those faster, smaller guards and a lot of the more athletic guys I’ll see at college and the upper levels of basketball.”