October 2, 2006

Calathes brings mix of scoring, playmaking

Point Guard
6-5, 185, Winter Park (Fla.) Lake Howell

Rivals.com Rankings
Rivals150 for 2007: No. 11 overall
2007 Point Guards: No. 3

Career Stats
PTS RB ASST
2005-06 (Jr.) 26.9 6.7 4.3
2004-05 (Soph.) 20.0 6.0 4.5

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7 QUESTIONS FOR NICK CALATHES
1. What NBA player do you pattern your game after?
I pattern my game after a mixture between John Stockton and Mike Miller.

2. What's the best part of your game?
The best part of my game is that I'm crafty.

3. What do you still need to work on?
I need to get stronger.

4. Who is the best player you have ever played against?
Jason Williams and Pat Calathes (older brother who is a junior guard for Saint Joseph's)

5. What is your greatest sports moment?
Winning Mr. Basketball as a junior.

6. What is your favorite way to get ready for a game?
Listening to Yung Joc with the team.

7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Playing professional basketball.

The combination of players after whom Nick Calathes patterns his game says a lot about his basketball philosophy. As a 6-foot-5 point guard, Calathes has a great mix of pure playmaking skills and a knack for scoring.

"I try to pass the ball and do the little things like John Stockton did," Calathes told Rivals.com. "I also can shoot and score the ball like Mike Miller."

Calathes might pattern himself after Stockton and Miller, but a comparison to the Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash is also appropriate. Calathes' travel team coach, Tom Topping of Nike Team Florida, thinks the Nash comparison fits.

"I feel like they are both deceptively quick," Topping said. "They see things on the floor that most guys don't. They are unorthodox in the way they score, which leaves defensive players off-balance when trying to guard them.

"I think they both have the ability to finish a play at the last possible moment without losing composure or forcing anything. Finally, they see the angles on the floor and take advantage of them - either by creating a driving lane or a passing lane."

A heady performer who recognizes the play before it happens, Calathes is often improperly evaluated as an overachieving, sub-par athlete. Calathes is certainly not going to dunk over people; however, he is a very good horizontal athlete.

"He might be an overachiever a little bit, maybe," said Topping. "He is not a super athlete, but he has uncommonly good feet. He has amazing acceleration. I've coached other great players, but Nick has been the absolute best on a consistent basis.

"He has great confidence, poise and skills. He believes, like most elite level athletes, that he is capable of carrying a team by himself."

With the size to play any three of the perimeter positions, Calathes sees himself as a point guard. Although he is still growing, he doesn't think he will ever outgrow the position.

"I plan on playing the point in college," he said. "Florida recruited me as a point guard, and that is where I expect to play. I am capable of playing the one, two and three, but even in the NBA I expect to mainly be at the point."

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