Chad Calcaterra Gets Minnesota Gopher Offer

Chad Calcaterra, a 6-foot-10, 210-pound sophomore big man from Cloquet (MN) High, has received a scholarship offer from Minnesota. Calcaterra attended Minnesota's "Tubby's Tipoff" Friday night as the basketball team started practice. Calcaterra has gotten significant recruiting interest and could wind up as the top Minnesota prospect in the Class of 2010.

Chad Calcaterra received a visit from Minnesota assistant coach Saul Smith Friday and an invitation to the team's opening practice later that night. The whirlwind attention from Minnesota caught Calcaterra a bit off guard, according to his father John.

"He was supposed to go to a birthday party Friday nigh and was not sure if he wanted to go (see the Gophers). However, on the drive back home, he told me that he was glad that we went," John said.

Chad Calcaterra told GoldenSports.Net that he is hearing from plenty of schools.

"I'm hearing from Minnesota, Iowa, Iowa State, Butler, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin Green Bay and Marquette," Chad said.

Calcaterra plays for the Minnesota Magic Elite 15-and-under team that won the BCI Tournament in Dallas as he was named to the All-Tournament team. The Magic finished third in the YBO national in Orlando in July, losing to eventual champ Florida State. They made it to the Sweet 16 in AAU Nationals in Detroit, falling to the Detroit Fire.

Calcaterra also shined in individual camps this summer. He was named to the All-Star Team at the adidas Phenom Camp in San Diego. He was ranked as the fifth-best big man and 13th overall player. Calcaterra was also named to the All-Tournament team at the adidas Midwest Camp in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Calcaterra comes from a basketball family. His father, an Upper Michigan native, played basketball at Mesabi Community College and walked-on to Northern Michigan, where an assistant named Tom Izzo was on staff.

Chad attended the Michigan State basketball camp a few years, where Izzo is the current head coach.

John Calcaterra said that the Gophers showed how interested they are in his son.

"They offered him a scholarship and said you can take it if you want," John said. "He wants to see what other people are interested in, but this is the kind of place that he can land."

The senior Calcaterra said that he was excited about the hiring of Tubby Smith earlier this spring.

"In the back of my mind, I was hoping that Minnesota would re-build their program and that Chad would want to play there," John said. "I think he does."

John thinks that his son's recruiting interest will continue to grow.

"Iowa is supposed to come up this week. Western Michigan told Minnesota Magic coach John Sherman that they are prepared to offer. Wisconsin Green Bay, Iowa and Iowa State have indicated they have a scholarship available," John said. "Coaches have been impressed by his athleticism and ability to run the floor."

Calcaterra participated in track and field this past spring, running the 200- and 400-yard dashes, the 4 x 400 relay and high jump. He is running cross country this fall.

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