#58 RANKED PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2016)
STAR RANKING: 4 STARS
WEIGHT: 180 POUNDS
AGE: 18 YEARS OLD
POSITION: POINT GUARD
HIGH SCHOOL: SATCH HOMESCHOOL IN HOUSTON, TEXAS
CHOSE TEXAS A&M OVER: OKLAHOMA AMONG OTHER SCHOOLS
PLAYER SUMMARY: The Aggies had a very good 2015-16 season as they made it to the Sweet 16 before bowing out to Oklahoma. Texas A&M had a senior laden team and lose the likes of star F Danuel House, F Alex Caruso, and G Jalen Jones. There will plenty of playing time available for highly touted, incoming freshmen PG J.J. Caldwell.
Caldwell started off at Cypress Woods High and ended at SATCH Homeschool in Houston, Texas. We like what we have seen from the 5’11” dynamo while evaluating his films. Caldwell is a true point guard in every sense of the word. In the age of shoot-first PG’s, he is the opposite. He is a pass-first PG who thrives in a transitional setting. He excels at getting into the lane with penetration. This gives him the ability to set up easy shots for teammates and himself. He is equally adept at finishing with either hand.
While his height is a limitation, he is a strong kid who won’t back down. We really like his competitive attitude. He has excellent quickness and overall speed and dunks with ease, which shows just how athletic he is. He should do very well in the Aggies system, as Head Coach Billy Kennedy likes to play uptempo.
Caldwell is a pesky on ball defender. Due to his quickness and surprising strength, he makes it tough for opposing PG’s to get their team into offensive sets. His defensive awareness and knack for steals will allow the Aggies to get into the transition game. Right now, his shot is a work in progress. He shows good form, however is inconsistent. In order for him to reach his potential, his shooting must improve. He will need a trusted jump shot in order to keep opposing defenders honest as this will impact his ability to penetrate into the lane.
As previously stated, the Aggies lose a lot of talent and scoring from last years team. In our opinion, J.J. Caldwell has a very good chance of starting as a freshmen for the Aggies. His play making ability will be needed for a team who lost much of their scoring from a year ago. If the 4-star recruit can improve his jump shot it will only make his game that much better. We believe that Caldwell will be a multi-year starter and have a very good college career in the SEC conference. His pass-first attitude will endear him to the coaching staff. As his overall game evolves, he has a chance in time of being one of the better PG’s in the conference.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF J.J. CALDWELL
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