Caleb Catto returns for the fifth season of men’s basketball

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Utilizes its fifth season of eligibility given as part of the NCAA’s COVID Qualification Assistance, Caleb Catto has announced that he will return to the FGCU men’s basketball program for the 2022-23 season. The addition of Catto, who is based in Cape Coral, Fla., Will strengthen the Eagles’ line-up next season as a veteran presence and a 1,000-point career scorer.

“We are certainly pleased that Caleb is deciding to use his last season of eligibility next season,” the head coach said Pat Chambers. “His leadership has been evident since I’ve been here. He’s a great ambassador for the program and we look forward to having him back with us.”

Catto is due to take his bachelor’s degree this spring as an integrated study major. He is the program’s first ASUN Academic All-Conference Committee Ever (2021, 2022) and also the first CoSIDA Academic All-District Committee (2022).

Throughout his career, he has been honored at the NABC Honors Court, the President’s List, the Dean’s List and the ASUN Honor Roll. Catto serves on the Eagles Council (SAAC) as the group’s secretary and has been a member of the EAGLES Leadership Institute. He has also contributed 65 hours of service to the larger Southwest Florida community in projects such as Eagle Reading, Toys for Tots and Seminole Basketball Camps.

On the field, he has played in 116 career games (83 starts) for the Eagles and has 1,049 career points over the past four years. In the most recent season, he averaged 8.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in 34 games played. In 2019-20, Catto had a breakout season that jumped from 4.1 points per game. fight as a rookie to 12.7 points as a sophomore. He followed that up with 13.3 points and 4.7 rebounds during his junior campaign in the changed 2020-21 season. Overall, he is one of 16 players in program history to have reached 1,000 career points for a career.

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Pat Chambers was officially introduced as the fifth FGCU men’s basketball head coach in March 2022, bringing a wealth of college basketball experience highlighted by head coach residencies at Penn State and Boston University. Chambers spent nine years leading the Penn State (2011-20) program and two years as head coach at Boston University (2009-11). He has 190 career wins in that period, including four winning seasons with over 20. Part of his career as head coach was highlighted by leading the Nittany Lions to a No. 9 national ranking in 2019-20, ending with the program’s best ranking ever in 1996 Before becoming head coach, he spent five seasons as part of the Villanova staff assisting the Wildcats for the Final Four (2009), two Elite Eight and three Sweet Sixteen appearances during his tenure.

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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 90 tournament titles in the regular season and tournaments in just 14+ seasons at Division I level. In addition, in just 10 seasons with DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a total of 44 teams or individuals to compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have achieved a top-25 national ranking in their respective sports – including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer ( 2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, Green and Blue posted a division best sixth place in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 at the national level, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and the state of Florida’s top seven teams to earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their academic progress in their sport. The FGCU also achieved a combined record of 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester and has surpassed the general university undergraduate population for 25 consecutive semesters. The last five semesters (autumn 2019 – autumn 2021) were each reached with another milestone, as all 15 programs achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher in each. The Eagles also earned a record-breaking 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – and were recognized as one of two runners-up to the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award, which was presented by the Fiesta Bowl.


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