CALLOWAY, RICK MARLON
HOMETOWN: Cincinnati, OH (Withrow HS)
Born: 12/12/1966 Cincinnati, OH
Transfer from Indiana U.
Sports People; Joining the Jayhawks, 4/10/1988
Sports of the Times, Calloway did the Dishes, 3/23/1987
He also played professionally in Argentina and Poland.
Miami Tropics 1993-94
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198cm / 6'6''
Rick Calloway transferred from Indiana to Kansas while Larry Brown was still KU's coach and ended up playing his one season as a Jayhawk for Roy Williams.
Bob Knight, he said, was easier on his players than Williams. "Coach Williams was a more physically demanding coach," Calloway said. "With coach Williams, we ran suicides and practiced three or four hours. It was more dealing with coach Knight mentally."
Having played professionally all over Europe, Calloway recently opened his own pool-cleaning business in Houston. "Everybody in Houston has a pool," he said.
Rick’s recollections: Rick Calloway played one year at KU after transferring from Indiana. He averaged 13.1 points for the 1989-90 team that went 30-5.
“I had some wonderful times here. I met a lot of great people,” said Calloway, who owns a swimming pool company in Houston. “I’m part of the family here. I am a true Jayhawk.”
Of the 30-5 team, he said: “I remember when the season started we were not ranked in the top 50. We were 19-0 before we lost. We were No. 1 for 15, 16 straight weeks. Of course, I remember missing the last shot to move us on in the tournament,” he added of KU’s 71-70 second-round loss to UCLA.
Calloway said he had no ties to Indiana, where he played for coach Bob Knight.
“I thought it was pretty, lack of a better word, wrong for him to quit in the middle of the season,” always-candid Calloway said of Knight’s recent decision to leave Texas Tech. “If anybody else had done it, he would have been ridiculed. Of course coach (Knight) walks on water. He did put Tech on the map, made it to the Sweet 16 and left the program in pretty good shape for Pat (Knight).”