Dec 152009

With the season tip off in Eugene, Ore., against UC-Davis only one day away, the CSU men’s basketball team signed three players to a Letter of Intent Wednesday during the early period of National Signing Day. Here is a look at the three new Rams.

Name: Chad Calcaterra

Height, Weight: 6-foot-10, 250 pounds

Position: Center

Hometown: Cloquet, Minn.

Analysis: Rated as a three-star prospect by A quality post player who averaged 24 points, 11.3 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game as a junior during the 2008-2009 season. Brings good size to the middle with consistent play and will be a huge help when current CSU forward Andy Ogide graduates after next season. Also held offers from Auburn, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Minnesota, Northern Iowa and North Dakota State.

Name: Maurice Wiltz

Height, Weight: 6-foot-2, 180 pounds

Position: Shooting Guard

Hometown: Stafford, Texas

Analysis: Could easily be a diamond-in-the-rough pick for CSU, much like Jesse Carr was in the 2008 class. As a junior, was both an all-state and all-district player for Stafford High School, which is in the Houston area. He claims his favorite thing about CSU is the atmosphere on campus. Also held offers from Boise State, Northern Arizona, Long Island State.

Name: Dwight Smith

Height, Weight: 6-foot-4, 190 pounds

Position: Shooting guard

Hometown: Ralston, Neb.

Analysis: Is the younger brother of current CSU guard Greg Smith. Dwight Smith averaged 13 points per game as a junior during the 2008-2009 season. Was told he will either stay at shooting guard or make the move to point guard in college. Considered to be a good “slasher” to the lane, which could really help the Rams be more dynamic.

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