Czech Republic team lures Calloway by doubling his salary
Juneau’s Jacob Calloway wasn’t looking to leave the Swiss League, but a team in Czech Republic made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Ostrava doubled his salary to lure the 6-foot-8 forward to switch leagues.
“I’m getting paid like a third-year vet now,” Calloway told me. “They offered me over twice of what I was getting paid in Switzerland and lot better benefits and it’s a better league.”
The investment paid off immediately as Calloway came off the bench to score nine points in 20 minutes and help Ostrava win 85-83. It was just the team’s fourth win in 19 games.
“I didn’t expect to play a lot since I haven’t even been here for three days but I did play the final five minutes and was part of our comeback for the win,” he said.
Calloway, of Thunder Mountain High fame, is a former Southern Utah University starter who bypassed his senior year and turned pro, hiring an agent and signing with the Pully Lausanne Foxes of Switzerland’s top league.
In 13 games in the Swiss League, he averaged 15.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He shot 37 percent from 3-point land.
He was brought to the Czech Republic to pump life into a slumping squad. So far, so good.
“Everybody here from the GM to my coaches to my teammates have all been very positive with me and helping me,” Calloway said. “I had a rough shooting night but my coach trusts me and keeps telling me to shot and he gives me a lot of freedom to play my game, which is cool.”
The big payday won’t change how he plays the game.
“I just want to help the team win. Some nights they’ll expect me to score a lot and some nights I need to rebound and defend. Whatever I can do to help win is why I was brought here,” Calloway said.