McCalebb playing for Macedonian national team
|No. 4 – Fenerbahçe Ülker Istanbul|
|League||Turkish Basketball League
May 4, 1985 |
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Nationality||Macedonian / American|
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||O. Perry Walker
(New Orleans, Louisiana)
|College||New Orleans (2003–2008)|
|NBA draft||2008 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||2008–present|
|Career highlights and awards|
Lester "Bo" McCalebb (Macedonian: Лестер „Бо“ Мекејлеб; born May 4, 1985) is an American-born Macedonian professional basketball player who plays as a point guard for Fenerbahçe Ülker of the Turkish Basketball League and the Euroleague. McCalleb was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana.
High school and college basketball
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.
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.
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. 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.
In July 2010, McCalebb signed a three-year deal with Montepaschi Siena. 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. 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. He also earned selection for the All-Euroleague Second Team second time in his career.
During the summer of 2012, San Antonio Spurs were interested in signing McCalebb, but they didn't reach a buyout agreement with Montepaschi Siena. In August of 2012, McCalebb signed a three-year contract with Fenerbahçe Ülker.
Macedonian national team
In 2010, McCalebb accepted to play for the Macedonian national basketball team after which he received a Macedonian passport. 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.
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. He averaged 21.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists for 34.2 minutes a contest. 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.
|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|
|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|
|Led the league|
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- "Bo knows Italy: All-Euroleague second-teamer McCalebb gets with Montepaschi Siena". ballineurope.com. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- Sportando.net Bo McCalebb named Serie A MVP, Meo Sacchetti is the best coach.
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- "Euroleague – Montepaschi Siena's Bo McCalebb wins Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy". mlbb.gr. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
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- Official, Bo McCalebb to set for Fenerbahce Ulker
- "FENERBAHCE ULKER signs Ford Trophy winner McCalebb". Euroleague. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- Helin, Kurt. "How New Orleans’ Bo McCalebb became a Macedonian hero". probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- "Green and McCalebb to get passport from Macedonia". Sportando. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- "Macedonia defeat puts Great Britain's EuroBasket qualification on hold". The Daily Telegraph. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- "Another Masterpiece For MVP 'La Bomba'". eurobasket2011.com. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- "Bo McCalebb". EuroBasket2011.com.
- "Section Socring Leaders". eurobasket2011.com. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
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