Chad Calcaterra Hopes to Make 2008 Debut

Chad Calcaterra, a 6-foot-10, 210-pound sophomore from Cloquet, has yet to play this season, due to a stress fracture in his foot. However, that has not stopped plenty of teams from showing interest in the versatile big man. Calcaterra received a scholarship offer from Minnesota in the fall. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Cloquet head coach Steve Battaglia to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Chad Calcaterra visited with a doctor and is hoping to be cleared for their Monday night game versus Mounds View.

Cloquet is off to a 4-4 start this season and faces Mounds View tonight and Proctor Saturday.

Head Coach Steve Battaglia said that plenty of schools have shown interest in Calcaterra.

"I've been called by coaches from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Iowa, Iowa State, Washington State, Northern Iowa, North Dakota State, Auburn, and Wisconsin-Green Bay. Minnesota, Iowa State, Washington State, Northern Iowa and Wisconsin Green-Bay had coaches come watch him work out this fall."

Calcaterra played 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, John who is 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.

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