Rolling along with an 18-3 record and a No. 2 state ranking in Florida class 5A, Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Fla., is ready to make another run at a state title after finishing as runner-ups last year. One of the big guns for Lake Howell is 2007 prospect Nick Calathes. The 6-foot-5, 170-pound combo guard might be difficult to lure out of Florida, but plenty of schools are trying.
"I'm interested in Wake Forest, Florida State, Florida, St. Joe's, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Kentucky," said Calathes. "Florida and Florida State have been to see me play. All the other schools have called our school.
"I'll be looking for a nice school that can offer me a good education. I also will be looking to see who is in front of me at my position. I'd like to come in and play early."
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With an impressive stat line of 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3 steals per game, Calathes primarily plays shooting guard with his high school teammate Joey Rodriguez running the point. Colleges, however, are recruiting Calathes as a point guard, and Florida is the school to beat here in the early stages.
St. Joseph's is one out of state school that has a strong tie to Calathes with his brother Pat Calathes on the St. Joseph's squad. Pat Calathes began high school around 6-foot-1 and is now a 6-foot-11 college freshman. There is certainly a possibility that Nick Calathes, with his point guard skills, might end up significantly taller than his present 6-foot-5.
Having scored over 30 points in four games this year, Calathes is focused on gaining weight and improving his defense.
His father and AAU coach John Calathes of Nike Team Florida 16-under squad had this observation of his son's game:
"Nick has great instincts for the game. He does a lot of the little things to help his team win. He has very good hand-eye coordination and is a competitive kid who does whatever it takes to win."