1975 Arizona State Hall of Fame Inductee
Arizona State Three-Year Starter (1961-64)
B.A., Selected Studies, 1997
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The second overall pick in the 1964 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, the highest selection by a Sun Devil. Played with the Pistons from 1964-66, the St. Louis Hawks (1966-68) and the Atlanta Hawks (1969-70) before finishing his professional career in the ABA with the Carolina Cougars (1970-74) and Spirit of St. Louis (1974-75).
Finished his ASU degree 23 years after his collegiate career was completed in 1997 with a B.A. in selected studies.
Inducted into the Arizona State Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1975 after an incredible career that saw his Sun Devil teams post records of 23-4 in 1961-62, 26-3 in 1962-63 and 16-11 in 1963-64. Overall, the Ned Wulk-coached Sun Devils were 65-18 (.783) in Caldwell's three years and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each season and he was team MVP in 1962-63 and in 1963-64 and a team captain all three seasons.
His 1962-63 Sun Devil squad set the school record with 26 wins and beat UCLA 93-79 in the second-round of the NCAA Tournament in Provo on March 15. That loss was one of the few the Bruins would have in the next decade, as they would win 10 of the next 12 NCAA titles.
One of only two Sun Devils to make the Olympic team as he was on the 1964 gold-medal winning United States squad in Tokyo.
A three-year starter who earned Sporting News honorable mention All-American honors in 1963-64.
Earned All-Border Conference in 1961-62 and then earned All-WAC honors the next two seasons (1962-63 and 1963-64), as he is the only Sun Devil to earn first-team all-conference honors in three straight seasons. His 1961-62 team went 10-0 in the Border Conference, the only time a Sun Devil squad has gone undefeated in conference play, while the next two years ASU was 16-4 in WAC play.
Entering the 2003-2004 season, his 1,515 points ranked eighth on the school's career scoring chart. He was first on the list when his Sun Devil career ended and is third among Sun Devil three-year players, trailing only Byron Scott and Seabern Hill. His career numbers of 18.2 points per game and 929 rebounds are both second-best in Sun Devil history.
Twice notched 21 rebounds in a contest, against Colorado State on Jan. 11, 1964, and vs. Whittier on Dec. 1, 1962. Averaged 21.8 points per game in 1963-64, tied for fifth in ASU history, and his 330 rebounds that year is fourth-best in Sun Devil history.
The Outstanding Player of the 1963 ASU Holiday Classic, as ASU beat Oklahoma and California for the title.