EuroCup Star Turn: Bo McCalebb

Jul 30, 2020 by Print
EuroCup Star Turn: Bo McCalebb

What came before

A dynamic college basketball player at his hometown University of New Orleans, Bo McCalebb took European basketball by storm from the very beginning. He shined as a rookie in Turkey with Mersin before he got the call from Partizan Belgrade, with which he made his EuroLeague debut in 2009-10. McCalebb teamed with Aleks Maric to take the EuroLeague by storm and led Partizan to the Final Four and earn All-EuroLeague Second Team honors. Montepaschi Siena signed McCalebb up for the next two seasons and he used his great speed knack for getting to the basket to make his mark. He helped Montepaschi reach the 2011 Final Four and even though the team was eliminated in the playoffs in 2012, McCalebb had another standout season; he won the Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy after averaging 16.9 points per game and was named to the All-EuroLeague Second Team for the second time.

When Coach Simone Pianigiani left Siena to join Fenerbahce Istanbul, he made sure to bring his point guard with him. McCalebb was Fenerbahce's No. 2 scorer in each of his years with the club, but the team did not reach the playoffs in either season. His next stop was FC Bayern Munich, which McCalebb joined after the start of the 2014-15 campaign. When Bayern missed the Top 16, it was drawn into Group K of the 7DAYS EuroCup Last 32.

EuroCup experience

McCalebb made his EuroCup debut in the opening round of the Last 32 and staked Bayern to a 93-84 victory over JDA Dijon with a team-best 16 points plus 4 assists. However, he suffered an injury a few days later and never played for Bayern again. McCalebb was back in the EuroCup nearly a year later with Limoges CSP. He joined the club in time for the 2015-16 Last 32 and after playing limited minutes in his first game, averaged 13.8 points and 3.2 assists in the next five. His 17 points in the final game of the round against PAOK Thessaloniki lifted Limoges to the eighthfinals, where they were ousted by Herbalife Gran Canaria.

If you can't beat them, join them? That's what McCalebb did when he signed with Gran Canaria in the summer of 2016. As the starting point guard, he led the team with 4.8 assists and was second with 11.0 points per game. Gran Canaria finished atop its regular season group and placed second in the Top 16 to bring McCalebb to the quarterfinals for the first time. Their run was ended there by Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem and McCalebb has not been back to the EuroCup since.

What came after

McCalebb remained in Spain for the next two seasons with Tecnyconta Zaragoza and helped the team finish in sixth place at the end of the 2018-19 season, serving as a mentor for up-and-coming talent Carlos Alocen, who joined Real Madrid this summer. McCalebb has not played professional basketball since; he joined another Spanish team, Montakit Fuenlabrada, on November 9, 2019, but was released five days later when he reportedly didn't pass the club's medical tests. McCalebb remains a star in North Macedonia after he played for its national team and led it to the semifinals at EuroBasket 2011, its highest ranking ever. McCalebb earned All-Tournament team honors with 23.5 points and 3.2 assists in six games. His teammate, three-time EuroLeague champion Pero Antic, nicknamed him 'Bosko Makelebovski' to make him sound like a local.