Calloway signs pro deal with team in Swiss Basketball League
Juneau’s Jacob Calloway feels like he’s starring in a movie about his own life.
After a recent three-month vacation with his fiancé in France, he’s now in Switzerland for training camp in preparation for his rookie season in the Swiss Basketball League.
“It’s kind of weird because the only time you see these places are in movies,” he told me.
Calloway has gone international, and the 6-foot-8 forward is ready to play a leading role.
The former Southern Utah University starter bypassed his senior year of college and turned pro, hiring an agent and signing a pro deal with the Pully Lausanne Foxes of Switzerland’s top league.
“It’s a good opportunity to play in the top league anywhere,” he said. “It’s a good league to start out in. One of my teammates played in it last year and I know a few people playing in it now. It’s an easy league to move up from if you play well.”
Calloway, of Thunder Mountain High fame, scored 702 career points and made 112 3-pointers in 95 games with Southern Utah of the Big Sky Conference.
Last season was his best as he averaged a career-high 9.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists to go with career-high shooting totals for field goals (46%) and 3-pointers (38%).
He also averaged 15 points over three games during the Big Sky Championships, helping Southern Utah reach the semifinals. In the quarterfinals, Calloway pumped in 5-of-10 3s and finished with 17 points to key a win.
His breakout season set him up nicely for Switzerland.
“It really did,” Calloway said. “My sophomore year I took a little small step back; I played hurt and had some other issues … but this year I got an opportunity. I felt like staying relaxed on the court was big and knowing I was going to make shots.”
Calloway started a career-high 25 games and reached double figures in 16 of 34 games overall, with a season high of 20 points and four other games with 17 points.
The 23-year-old’s perimeter game as a big should translates well to the international style of play. The Swiss team agreed and brought him overseas.
“They said they really like how I moved the ball, attacked quickly and handled the ball a little bit,” Calloway said. “They also liked how well I shot the ball.
“They also said I have to work on my post-up game, especially against smaller guards.”