By Steve Svetovich
Caleb Callejas has big shoes to fill, and he is filling them quite well. No pressure.
The junior starting guard for Holy Cross High School is averaging in double figures while playing team style Crusader basketball under his uncle Al Callejas.
And his dad Tim Callejas is an assistant coach at Holy Cross.
Caleb’s brother Cory played under his uncle graduating in 2012.
His cousins Connor and Al, Jr., played at Holy Cross under their dad graduating in 2014 and 1997.
Caleb said it is business as usual playing under his uncle and with his dad as the assistant.
“My uncle always wants the best from everybody. He treats me no different. He is never satisfied. He works us hard all the time.
“It is great playing with my dad on the sideline. He is always correcting me. He tells me what to do and how to do it right. He helps me to stay fit.”
Caleb has a 3.2 academic average at Holy Cross. His best academic subject is chemistry.
The three-year member of the Crusaders basketball team would like to major in biology in college. Caleb said he wants to eventually become an orthodontist.
The sharp shooting guard said he would like to attend the University of Scranton. He is unsure if he will play college basketball.
The Crusaders won 3 of its first 6 games this year, but Caleb is not worried. “We have two of our senior starters out right now,” he said. “When they come back we will be fine. We have a very good team. Our goal is a state title.”
Caleb said he has no problem balancing his time between practice, games and school work. “I study whenever I have the chance.”
He enjoys listening to music in his spare time and would like to see rapper Travis Scott in concert.
Caleb talked about what is takes to excel from the guard position in high school basketball.
“You have to play both ends of the floor well. You need to take care of the ball. You need to pass when a teammate is open. And you need to hit the open shot.”
He talked about future goals.
“First of all, I want to play these two years of basketball as hard as possible and go for a couple state championships. After that I want to go to college and become an orthodontist.”
Caleb said he takes a lot from what his parents have taught him. “My parents always teach me to keep my head up and never get down on myself. They tell me things will work out in the end if I work hard.”
And that’s hard work, the Crusader way. He’s another Callejas in the mix.