Chad Calcaterra Collects College Calls

Chad Calcaterra, a 6-foot-10, 215-pound sophomore from Cloquet High, received a scholarship offer from Minnesota last year and attended the Gophers' Midnight Madness and several games. Calcaterra was hampered this season, due to a stress fracture in his foot as Cloquet finished 15-12. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Calcaterra and his father during the AAU qualifier at Bloomington Jefferson.

Chad Calcaterra, who received a scholarship offer from Minnesota and Wisconsin-Green Bay, is playing for the Magic Elite 16-and-under team at the AAU qualifier at Bloomington Jefferson. They advanced to the semifinals with a 90-56 win over the Minnesota Fury North. They will face the Minnesota Fury North at 10:50, a team that upset them at the Minnesota Magic Invitational.

Calcaterra told GoldenSports.Net that he plans to attend a team camp at North Dakota State next weekend and Northern Iowa later. He will attend the Minnesota Elite Camp and possibly the Wisconsin camp.

Calcaterra plans to attend the adidas Phenoms Camp July 10-13 and will travel with the Minnesota Magic to the NY2LA Sports Next Level Invitational at Homestead High School in Mequon, Wis., July 6-9, the AAU 16U Super Showcase at Disney's Wide World of Sports Milk House Complex in Kissimmee, Fla., July 22-24 and the AAU 16U Division I National Championship at the Josten Center in Kissimmee July 25-30.

His father, John, is an Upper Michigan native who played basketball at Mesabi Community College and walked on at Northern Michigan, where an assistant named Tom Izzo was on staff.

John said that it is sometimes hard to know if a school has offered his son a scholarship.

"Schools tell us that they want Chad, but it hard to know who has offered and who hasn't," John said. "We told Iowa that we would get down there. Marquette is sending things all the time. In the back of his mind, he knows what he wants."

Minnesota is considered the favorite for Calcaterra. In fact, his father and AAU coach John Sherman think that many schools across the country feel that Calcaterra has already committed or is strongly leaning to the Gophers and are not recruiting him as hard as might be expected. However, John admits that Minnesota and head coach Tubby Smith are strong with his son.

"I don't have anything but good things to say about them. Tubby is like a father figure to the players. Tubby is genuinely concerned about the kids," he said.

John said that his son is in no hurry to make his college choice.

"He hasn't really talked about it. He wants to weigh his options."

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