McCallum to back up Williams

McCallum and Coach Jeter. Photo from

Milwaukee Panthers sophomore Ja’Rob McCallum will be the primary backup for JUCO transfer Kaylon Williams, PantherU learned this week.  McCallum spent the 2009-10 season playing both point guard and shooting guard in the Panthers line-up behind Ricky Franklin.  As a freshman, McCallum averaged 7.8 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game as a combo guard.

Williams figures to be the first true point guard to don the Milwaukee Panthers uniform since Chris Hill, part of the greatest teams in Milwaukee history. Hill is currently enjoying a successful career overseas, and will take part in Joah Tucker’s Banner Boys Charity Game tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Mary College.  Williams, who transferred from Evansville after his freshman year and played last season at Kirkwood CC, led the Missouri Valley Conference in assists as a freshman and figures to get the brunt of the minutes at the “1”.

McCallum’s freshman year was wildly successful, a year that culminated in him winning the Sporting News Freshman of the Year award in the Horizon League.  McCallum has spent this summer playing in the Milwaukee Pro-Am, organized by former Sports Bubbler head and friend of PantherU, Jim Ganzer.

McCallum will be part of a loaded back court for the Panthers.  Returning with McCallum are Tone Boyle, Jerard Ajami, Patrick Souter and Lonnie Boga, who will be joined by Williams, Ryan Allen, and Evan Richard.


  1. Robert Altman

    August 5, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Ja’Rob is a great player, but why label him a point guard this early? Here we are again with to many players playing the same position. When will Milwaukee figure out how to recruit players that play different positions? Look at how many shooting guards they have. How I see it we have six number two guards. McCallum should have played the point last year if they wanted him to play it this year.

  2. Jimmy Lemke

    August 5, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Once Deonte Roberts was out last season, McCallum was Ricky’s main backup.

    • Robert Altman

      August 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm

      How many minutes did Ricky average per game? He had no backup. When in foul trouble it was Souter before McCallum. I think McCallum will do great at any position. My biggest concern is his shoot first mentality. This is what makes him special. Remember Valpo? Making him a pass first guard will only hurt him.

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