Athlete Profile: Jesse Calloway

Written By Luke Mongelli, Co-Sports Editor

Jesse Calloway is a 24-year-old Junior guard for the Point Park Pioneers Men’s Basketball team. Hailing from Lynchburg, Virginia, Calloway previously attended Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland, and is currently majoring in Business Management. 

Joining the team in 2019, Calloway has played 15 games each season he has been with the Pioneers, and in the 2020-2021 season has averaged 9.4 points per game shooting at 35.4%from the field. 

 “My time at Point Park has been good,” Calloway said. “You don’t get the real college experience since I live off-campus so that’s a challenge but just being with the team and playing and having fun is my favorite part of being here.”

This season, Calloway is confident in the teams’ ability to take it the distance if they can fix some of the issues they have been facing on the road.

“Our goals are to just improve every game and learn from the losses on the season,” Calloway said. “As a team, the goal is to be one of the top two teams in the conference and get to the national tournament. The team is playing well at home but we need to play better on-road games when we aren’t as comfortable.”

The Pioneers last played on Tuesday, February 16, and suffered a loss on the road 77-58 at the hands of West Virginia University Tech. Calloway was disappointed with the teams’ performance and said he should have done more.

“I feel like we didn’t play up to our potential and we let one slip away,” Calloway said. “We didn’t compete hard and my performance goes along with the team. I have to lead better and be better for my guys.”

Outside of basketball, Calloway enjoys playing the video game NBA 2k, watching sports, and traveling when he can. 

After commencement, Calloway said he has multiple avenues he can take regarding his future. 

“After graduation, hopefully, I can go overseas and be able to continue playing for a few years,” Calloway said. “If that doesn’t happen, then I’ll play my hand at being a businessman and expanding myself.”

Calloway also had some advice for any incoming Pioneer interested in playing basketball:

“Just work hard on your game and come in knowing that every day you’re going to have to compete with upperclassmen,” Calloway said. “Don’t give up on your craft.” 

The Pioneers play next on Wednesday, February 24, against a currently undecided opponent as they enter their first game of tournament play in the River States Conference Playoffs.