In perhaps Oregon’s biggest match-up of the season, the Ducks were led by Jason Calliste’s 31 points off the bench in a win over BYU. As a result, the senior from Scarborough, Ontario has been selected as NetScouts Basketball’s International Player of the Week for games through December 22, 2013.
Calliste started the week with 10 points (2-of-4 FG, 2-of-2 3PT FG) and two assists as Oregon cruised past UC Irvine 91-63. His breakout game came on Saturday with 31 points (7-of-13 FG, 4-of-7 3PT FG), three rebounds, two assists, and two steals against BYU. He was also a perfect 13-of-13 from the free throw line.
“He had a really good game,” Oregon head coach Dana Altman said of Calliste. “He was the only one that could get Tyler [Haws] slowed down so Jason played real well. That’s an obvious statement but he changed the game.”
The 6-foot-2 transfer who spent the previous three seasons at Detroit has made an instant impact for the Ducks. He’s deadly from three-point range, shooting 59 percent from behind the arc, and has knocked down 92 percent of his free throws while averaging 12.5 points per contest. Calliste’s jumper has created spacing and opened up driving lanes to attack the rim as well. He’s also performed well on the defensive end of the floor with his physicality that gets opponents out of rhythm.
Calliste lacks elite quickness and athleticism, which limits him as a pro prospect, and he spends most time off the ball despite his size. He’ll need to become a point guard at the next level, but his knock-down jumper should get him professional looks from across the globe. He’s been a good combo guard at Oregon.
Oregon is off to an undefeated start behind the stellar play of transfers Joseph Young, Mike Moser, and Calliste. With an outstanding performance this past week, Calliste showcased his talent as a major threat off the bench.