Height: 6’4

Class: 2023

School: Lake Norman

Travel Team: Carolina Riptide

Freshman Season: 3.5 PPG

Sophomore Season: 15.4 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.1 SPG

Junior Season: 17.1 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.0 SPG

Offers: Bridgewater, Connecticut College, Valma, Vassar, Bob Jones, Geneva College, Taccoa Falls

What Was Recently Said (7/11/22): Given our number of viewings throughout the years, it’s fair to say that Cole Callaway has worked tirelessly to further his game—and has done so. While a healthy bulk of his long-term value still lies within his abilities as a three-point shooter, it would be impossible to deny his overall leadership qualities (in all facets of the game) from the last five days of play. Make no mistake, Callaway still shot the ball at a high percentage and burdened the Riptide’s offense in majority of their showings. However, his presence as a defender and rebounder were certainly worth noting. Callaway made a clear point to battle on the glass, and seemingly doubled his rebounding numbers in less than two weeks. He also locked-in defensively, showing a definite fire and streak of toughness in multiple notable matchups. Callaway also displayed the ability to create for himself and others within a few dribbles. He highlighted patience and smart shot-selection throughout the event. Callaway earned an offer from Connecticut College during the event, and should only continue to see an uptick in his recruitment going forward.

What to Expect:

Over the last three seasons, Cole Callaway has continuously made drastic strides within his progression. He’s always been known as a notable shooting threat, but has worked tirelessly to further his skillset and ability as a leader. During his younger years, Callaway was primarily a spot-up threat with deep range. The shift began over his sophomore season, as his IQ, motor, and shot-selection improved—which led to a massive leap in nightly averages. Though things were going well, Callaway considers the eventual move to Lake Norman (prior to his junior season) as a major stepping-stone for his development and overall recruitment. While his numbers didn’t necessarily see a ton of change, the surrounding cast of talented players allowed him to simply be more effective within the flow of a team structure. Sure, Callaway still led the offensive charge, but managed to do so in a much more efficient, methodical, unselfish manner than ever before. He’s also shown clear development as a passer, creator, and defender over the recent months. Add in his strong July (averaged 20 PPG, 8 RPG, 3 APG) and long list of awards (All Conference x2, All-County x2, All-District x2), and it’s easy to see Callaway having a huge senior season. College coaches have been monitoring throughout his high school journey, so it’ll be exciting to see where he ultimately decides to further his playing career.