Dontae Caldwell opts to return to Maryland-Eastern Shore for final two years of eligibility

After exploring his options on the transfer market following the 2016-17 season, guard Dontae Caldwell opted to return to Maryland-Eastern Shore for his final two years of eligibility. (Source: USA Today Sports)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — The 2017-18 season is still four months away, but the buzz is already building around several schools across the country.

While the bulk of this year’s transfer players have found their new homes, there is still plenty of talent left on the market. From guards to big men, there are some big name players who are still exploring their options as they get set to embark on the next chapter of their basketball journeys.

On Thursday, one of the top uncommitted transfers came off the market, as Dontae Caldwell opted to return to the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks for his final two years of eligibility in the NCAA.

Caldwell posted the following message on Twitter to announce his decision to return to Eastern Shore.

Many people had projected the Hawks to contend for a MEAC title this season, and with Caldwell back in the mix, they should live up to those expectations.

Last season as a sophomore, the native of Santa Ana, CA finished fourth on the Hawks in scoring, averaging 8.3 points per contest. Caldwell also finished second on the team in rebounding, averaging 5.4 boards per contest.

He scored in double figures on 13 occasions, and pulled down double-digit rebounds 11 times.

The 6’5” guard had a career game back on January 30th against the Savannah State Tigers. Despite coming up on the wrong end of an 87-82 decision, Caldwell recorded a season-high 20 points and pulled down a career-best 12 rebounds to pace the Hawks.

Caldwell joins a core group of returning players that features Ryan AndinoLogan McIntoshTyler Jones, and Isaac Taylor, all of whom will look to lead the Hawks to the MEAC Championship game and into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

The last time the Hawks made a post-season appearance was back in the 2014-15 season, where they fell to the High Point Panthers in the opening round of the Tournament, 70-64.

– T. Bennett