Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv signed Angelo Caloiaro (31, 2.03 meters) for two more years with an option for another season later. The tough forward, who has shown exceptional professionalism and commitment during the current season, has since the resumption of the games displayed excellent ability and a Maccabist character that have proven his place in yellow-blue. In doing so, the club strengthens the continuity and connection in the squad under the leadership of coach Giannis Sfairopoulos.
“One of the tasks we set for ourselves was to keep Angelo on the team,” coach Giannis Sfairopoulos said of Caloiaro. “He is an impressive player, with a high work ethic that is very suitable for Maccabi’s system. From the moment I arrived at the club, I transferred him from position 4 to 3 and he gave a lot to the whole team. It was important for me and the management that we extend his contract. I am glad he stays with us. It is important and we will continue to fight together for Maccabi”.
“Happy to back with my maccabi family”, said Angelo Caloiaro after his signed his new contract with the club. “We have a goal – to continue where we stopped last season. See you all soon. And to the fans? Caloiaro, Caloiaro, Ole ole ole”.
Angelo Caloiaro, it will be recalled, opened the current season as a third-fourth option due to the multiplicity of players in his position. Due to the congestion, the coach also talked about the need to loan him out, but the multiple injuries and professionalism brought him back to the front of the stage with the registration for the Euroleague ahead of the home game against Villeurrbanne.
Caloiaro scored 9 points, dropped 5 rebounds and finished with 16 index points in his first game of the season in the Euroleague, which came in the 11th round. In his second season with Maccabi in the Euroleague, he averaged 5.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 7.1 efficiency in less than 21 minutes per evening.
The forward was not registered for the local league before the games were haulted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After resuming the league, Caloiaro took part in seven regular-season games, opening in four of them and providing 12.7 points (76.2% for two, 41.7% for three), 4.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 17.3 index points in 24 minutes per game.
Angelo Caloiaro, a native of San Jose California on the western coast of the United States, came to Maccabi from Turkish club Banvit. Even before that he managed to play in Bulgaria, Germany and Spain and in his first season in yellow-blue he won with Maccabi the 53rd championship in its history. Since then, he added one more golden plate.
Angelo is married and comes from a particularly athletic family. Both his parents played college basketball, his brother played professional soccer, his sister a volleyball player and his cousin Kerry Walsh-Jennings is a world champion and 3 times an Olympic beach volleyball champion.