Hoosiers Land JUCO PG

The Indiana Men's Basketball team announced today that they have signed 6-3, 175-pound point guard Earl Calloway. Calloway has spent the previous year at Georgia Perimeter College, and will have two seasons of eligibility, beginning with the 2005-2006 season.

Calloway was the starting point guard for Georgia Perimeter, and earned Honorable Mention for the JUCO All Americans. He was also named to the Georgia JUCO All-Region team in 2004-2005, averaging 18 points, 4.8 assists, and 5 steals per game. Calloway ranked among the top of the JUCO ranks in 3-point FG percentage at 44.7%.

Calloway is a sharp shooting point guard who helped led his team to a 23-7 finish, and runner-up in the Region XVII JUCO tournament. He was 43rd in scoring among the JUCO ranks, and 44th in assists.

Head Coach Mike Davis said about Calloway, "Earl is one of the top JUCO players in the country, and we are extremely pleased he is coming to Indiana. He had a year of experience at the Division I level and another year to learn at one of the top junior college programs in the country, so we see him as someone who can step in and make an immediate impact."

The year at Division I that Davis was speaking of is that Calloway began his career at New Mexico State University. Calloway played sparingly during his freshman campaign, playing in 28 games, however only averaging 1.9 points per game. He was suspended from the team after his freshman year for a violation of team rules, and did not play during the 2003-2004 season. Calloway decided to transfer to a Junior College closer to home, and played at Georgia Perimeter for the 2004-2005 season. Calloway attended Atlanta Westlake High School, the same high school as Indiana favorite, AJ Moye.

The addition of Calloway to the Hoosiers brings the number of newcomers to 3, along with Joey Shaw and Ben Allen. Auburn transfers Marco Killingsworth and Lewis Monroe will also be eligible to play after a year of sitting out in 2004-2005. Calloway marks the first JUCO recruit of the Davis era, and the first junior college player at Indiana since Lynn Washington (99-00) donned the Hoosier uniform.

Davis expects Calloway to come in right away and contribute, however he will find a bit of a log jam at point guard, with senior Lewis Monroe expected to start, and fellow senior Marshall Strickland expected to see time at the point. If Calloway can learn Mike Davis' system quickly, he could become a valuable asset in 2005-2006, however expect him to mean much more to the Hoosier team in 2006-2007, when they will have no point guards on the roster with experience.

Scout.com ranks Calloway as a 2-star recruit amongst the Junior College Ranks. Calloway was also receiving interest from Drexel, La Salle, Marshall, Virginian Tech, and San Diego. He is expected to enroll at Indiana for the fall semester, and will have a full two years of eligibility when he arrives.

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