Bo McCalebb

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Bo McCalebb
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McCalebb playing for Fenerbahçe Ülker in 2013
Free agent
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1985-05-04) May 4, 1985 (age 29)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Nationality Macedonian / American
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school O. Perry Walker
(New Orleans, Louisiana)
College New Orleans (2003–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Undrafted
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Mersin Büyükşehir Belediyesi
2009–2010 Partizan Belgrade
2010–2012 Montepaschi Siena
2012–2014 Fenerbahçe Ülker
Career highlights and awards

Lester "Bo" McCalebb (Macedonian: Лестер „Бо“ МекКејлеб; born May 4, 1985) is an American-born Macedonian professional basketball player who last played for Fenerbahçe Ülker of the Turkish Basketball League. Standing at 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in), he plays at the point guard position. McCalebb was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana.

High school and college basketball[edit]

McCalebb attended O. Perry Walker High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He played college basketball at the University of New Orleans. McCalebb was named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year in 2007. In his five-year career with the Privateers, he played 128 games, averaging 20.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3 assists per game.[citation needed]

Professional career[edit]

Mersin Büyükşehir Belediyesi[edit]

McCalebb started his professional career in Turkey with Mersin Büyükşehir Belediyesi. He had a lot of success in Mersin, averaging 17.4 points and 4.7 assists per game during the 2008–09 season. He was also the Turkish Basketball League leader in steals with 2.7 per game.

Partizan Belgrade[edit]

McCalebb playing for Partizan in Euroleague in December 2009.

On October 16, 2009, McCalebb signed a one-year contract for Partizan Belgrade of the Serbian League, a week after the team released former point guard Milt Palacio for failure to join the team on time.[1] He had an amazing season with Partizan winning the regional ABA League, Serbian League and Cup titles. He also helped the team to reach the Euroleague Final Four, earning the All-Euroleague Second Team selection.

Montepaschi Siena[edit]

In July 2010, McCalebb signed a three-year deal with Montepaschi Siena.[2][3] In his first season in Italy, he had even more success, helping his team to the Euroleague Final Four, and winning the Italian League, Cup and Supercup. In 2012, he was named the Italian League MVP.[4] In April of 2012, McCalebb won the Euroleague Alphonso Ford Trophy, the annual award given to the Euroleague's top scorer of the season. He averaged 16.9 points, 2.6 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game during the season, while shooting .613 from the field and .526 on three-pointers.[5][6] He also earned selection for the All-Euroleague Second Team second time in his career.[7]

Fenerbahçe Ülker[edit]

During the summer of 2012, San Antonio Spurs were interested in signing McCalebb, but they didn't reach a buyout agreement with Montepaschi Siena.[8] In August of 2012, McCalebb signed a three-year contract with Fenerbahçe Ülker.[9][10] In June 2014, he left Fenerbahçe and became a free agent.[11]

Macedonian national team[edit]

McCalebb in the game against the Spanish national team.

In 2010, McCalebb accepted to play for the Macedonian national basketball team after which he received a Macedonian passport.[12][13] The "Macedonian MVP" was the second leading scorer in the qualifying for the EuroBasket 2011, with a strong showing against Great Britain and the NBA star Luol Deng.[14]

FIBA EuroBasket 2011[edit]

On August 31, in the first tournament game for Macedonia, McCalebb scored 17 points in an overtime loss against Montenegro. On September 1, Macedonia played Croatia with McCalebb scoring 19 points. He had another strong showing versus Greece on September 3, scoring game-high 27 points and leading the team to a 72–58 win. On September 4, McCalebb scored 18 points against Finland in a 72–70 win. On September 5, McCalebb scored 22 points in a 75–63 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, which qualified them to the second phase as the first place team in Group C. Then, on September 8 (Macedonia Independence Day), he led the team with 27 points in their 65–63 win over Georgia and thus placed Macedonia to the quarter-finals. In the last two games of the second phase, McCalebb scored 19 points in Macedonian victory against Slovenia, and 16 points in the dramatic loss against Russia. On September 14, Macedonia defeated the host nation Lithuania to qualify to the semi-finals. McCalebb scored 23 points. In the semi-finals Macedonia was defeated 92–80 by Spain, with McCalebb scored 25 points. In the bronze medal battle, McCalebb scored 22 points, but Macedonia was defeated by Russia, in another dramatic game, 72–68. McCalebb earned All Tournament Team selection.[15] He averaged 21.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists for 34.2 minutes a contest.[16] With 235 points, McCalebb was the best scorer in the tournament, but in averaged points per game only behind Tony Parker who played one game less.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high
Led the league

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 New Orleans Privateers 31 15 26.1 .441 .311 .606 3.5 2.0 1.4 .1 13.1
2004–05 New Orleans Privateers 30 30 34.9 .480 .260 .567 4.3 3.7 1.8 .2 22.6
2005–06 New Orleans Privateers 4 4 33.3 .379 .300 .657 2.5 1.5 3.8 .5 19.0
2006–07 New Orleans Privateers 31 31 34.5 .478 .333 .710 6.8 3.3 2.0 .2 25.0
2007–08 New Orleans Privateers 32 32 33.3 .506 .405 .772 4.5 3.1 2.4 .1 23.2

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2009–10 Partizan 22 22 30.1 .457 .232 .759 2.9 3.4 2.0 .0 13.4 12.7
2010–11 Montepaschi 15 9 20.8 .549 .438 .880 2.0 2.1 1.8 .0 11.5 13.1
2011–12 Montepaschi 17 17 27.7 .613 .526 .809 2.2 2.6 1.3 .0 16.9 17.3
2012–13 Fenerbahçe 23 20 27.6 .481 .255 .847 2.7 2.4 1.9 .0 13.0 13.2
2013–14 Fenerbahçe 24 15 27.0 .595 .359 .741 3.2 2.5 1.4 .1 11.9 14.1
Career 101 83 27.0 .531 .335 .797 2.7 2.6 1.7 .0 13.7 13.9

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Partizan adds playmaker McCalebb". Euroleague.net. October 16, 2009. 
  2. ^ "MONTEPASCHI lands Bo McCalebb". Euroleague.net. July 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bo knows Italy: All-Euroleague second-teamer McCalebb gets with Montepaschi Siena". ballineurope.com. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Sportando.net Bo McCalebb named Serie A MVP, Meo Sacchetti is the best coach.
  5. ^ "Montepaschi Siena's Bo McCalebb wins Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy". Euroleague. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Euroleague – Montepaschi Siena's Bo McCalebb wins Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy". mlbb.gr. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Euroleague Basketball 2011–12 All-Euroleague Team nominees". schoenen-dunk.de. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Spurs interested in Bo McCalebb". Sportando. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Official, Bo McCalebb to set for Fenerbahce Ulker
  10. ^ "FENERBAHCE ULKER signs Ford Trophy winner McCalebb". Euroleague. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Bo McCalebb leaves Fenerbahce, is officially free agent". Sportando.com. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ Helin, Kurt. "How New Orleans’ Bo McCalebb became a Macedonian hero". probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Green and McCalebb to get passport from Macedonia". Sportando. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Macedonia defeat puts Great Britain's EuroBasket qualification on hold". The Daily Telegraph. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Another Masterpiece For MVP 'La Bomba'". eurobasket2011.com. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Bo McCalebb". EuroBasket2011.com. 
  17. ^ "Section Socring Leaders". eurobasket2011.com. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 

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