Not many basketball players from this area make it to Division I. The most recent was former Duluth East star Cory Johnson, who started his college career at Iowa State before moving on to Valparaiso.
Before him, former Gopher Rick Rickert, now playing professionally in New Zealand, was the most notable of the last 15 years or so.
Cloquet is known as a hockey town. They have a top-notch youth program, one of the best facilities in the area, and a very good tradition at the high school level. Recently, their football and basketball programs have garnered some attention, too.
The basketball team now has a Division I player to brag about. Senior Chad Calcaterra, the tallest player in the area, has verbally committed to Colorado State.
The 6-10 forward has been courted by many Division I schools, but committed to play for the Rams after visiting campus this past weekend.
Both assistants to CSU coach Tim Miles, who worked previously at North Dakota State, are from Minnesota.
Calcaterra will be eligible to sign his letter of intent later this year.