Craig Callahan

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Craig Callahan
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Free agent
Position Power forward
Personal information
Born (1981-05-26) May 26, 1981 (age 36)
Maquoketa, Iowa
Nationality American / Italian
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Cascade (Cascade, Iowa)
College UNC Wilmington (1999–2003)
NBA draft 2003 / Undrafted
Playing career 2003–present
Career history
2003 Wilmington Wave Rockers
2003–2004 Mlékárna Kunín
2004–2006 BK Prostějov
2006–2008 Ricoh Manresa
2008–2009 Eisbären Bremerhaven
2009 Dexia Mons-Hainaut
2010–2011 Eisbären Bremerhaven
2011–2012 Enel Brindisi
2012–2013 Sigma Barcellona
2013–2014 Tezenis Verona
2014–2015 Pallacanestro Varese
2015–2016 Virtus Roma
2016–2017 Pallacanestro Cantù

Craig Callahan (born May 26, 1981) is an American-born naturalized Italian professional basketball player who last played for Pallacanestro Cantù of the Lega Basket Serie A.


Early life and education[edit]

Craig Nicholas Callahan was born in Maquoketa, Iowa on May 26, 1981. He graduated from Cascade High School in Cascade, Iowa.[1] Craig attended college at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he played on the men's basketball team. In 2011, he has got the Italian passport as naturalized.


He played at the University of North Carolina Wilmington from 1999-2003. Callahan gained notoriety during his time at UNCW as he helped lead the team into 3 NCAA Tournaments (1999, 2002, 2003).During his senior year with the Seahawks, he averaged over 16 points and 6 rebounds a game.[2]

After graduating from college with a Finance Degree, he played professional basketball in the Czech Republic from 2003–2006, and was named Most Valuable Player of the NBL in 2006. He played in the NBL All-Stars game in 2004,2005, and 2006 in which he won the slam dunk contest.[3] Throughout his time in Czech Republic, Callahan was recognized for numerous league achievements. Some of his achievements include All-Czech Republic League Import Player of the Year (2004,2006), All-Czech Republic League Player of the Year (2006), All-Czech Republic League Forward of the Year (2006), and Czech Republic League All-Defensive Team (2006).[3]

He then played in Spain from 2006-2008 after being signed by Ricoh Manresa.While playing for Ricoh Manresa., he contributed to the teams success when they won the LEB Championship in 2007. Due to their success in 2007, Ricoh Manresa. gained entry back into the Liga ACB in 2008.[3]

In November 2008, Callahan was signed by the Eisbaren Bremerhaven (the Bremerhaven Polar Bears) of Germany's top league. A vital addition to the team, Callahan was one of the league's top scorers averaging over 17 points, and 6.9 rebounds a game.

During the summer of 2011 he singned a contract with New Basket Brindisi, basketball team which play the second Italian national league. Next season he played with Sigma Barcellona. In August 2013, he signed with Tezenis Verona.[4]

In July 2014, he signed a one-year deal with Pallacanestro Varese.[5] In 2015–16 he played for Virtus Roma, and in August 2016, he signed with Pallacanestro Cantù.[6]

During the off-season he resides in Jacksonville, Florida.


  1. ^ Arnold, Jim (2000-03-16). "Callahan leaps from tourney to tourney". The Gazette (Cedar Rapids). p. 8. 
  2. ^ "Craig Callahan – College stats". Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c " Profile". Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Tezenis Verona announced Craig Callahan". 14 August 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "LA PALLACANESTRO VARESE INGAGGIA CRAIG CALLAHAN". (in Italian). Archived from the original on 24 July 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 

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