Maya Caldwell

Name: Maya Caldwell (euro-bio)
Position: Guard / Forward
Height: 180cm / 5’11”
DOB: December 15, 1998
Nationality: USA
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Recent: WNBA Indiana Fever
College: Georgia

2021-22: Drafted by Indiana Fever (WNBA, 3rd(33)). Signed Gran Canaria (Spain). 

Scouting: Maya Caldwell is arguably the most versatile wing in this year’s draft class. She plays positions 2-4 as a starter in the SEC, one of the toughest conferences in the country. Her size and length combined with her ability to handle the basketball and score at all three levels present a problem for opposing defenses. Her offensive ability was on full display throughout the SEC tournament, as she was University of Georgia’s leading scorer, averaging 15.1 PPG while shooting 56% from the field, 75% from the three point line. Maya’s standout performances at the tournament led to her being named to the SEC ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM. 

2020-21 Season (Senior)
» 2021 SEC All-Tournament Team
» Coach Taylor moved her to the ‘4’ spot before the final regular season game against Florida. Since then, she has excelled, scoring in double figures in three of the last four games entering the NCAA tourney
» Had the best performance of her career with 27 points at Florida to end the regular season
» Posted the best two-game stretch of her career at the SEC tournament, scoring 20 against No. 17 Kentucky and 19 versus No. 2 Texas A&M 
» Posted her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 boards vs. Auburn
» Has started 56-straight games dating back to last year
» Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll in each of the last two seasons
» Graduated this past May with a degree in communication studies; pursuing a master’s degree in non-profit management and leadership

2019-20 Season (Junior)
» Started 30 games
» Averaged 9.8 ppg and 3.7 rpg
» Scored in double figures in 17 games, including seven of her last 11; had only reached double figures 10 times in the previous two years combined
» Had a streak of three-straight double figure scoring games against Texas A&M (15), Mississippi State (12) and Missouri (17).
» Recorded a season high 18 points on two occasion. The first came against Kennesaw State on Nov. 7 and the second at Kentucky on Feb. 27
» Ended the season shooting 79.5 percent from the free-throw line
»SEC Academic Honor Roll

2018-19 Season (Sophomore)
» SEC Academic Honor Roll
» Along with Que Morrison, was probably one of the largest reasons for Georgia’s success late in the season
» Averaged 9.0 ppg over the last 10 regular seasons after averaging 3.4 ppg over the first 19 contests this season
» Finished the season averaging 5.4 ppg and 3.0 rpg 
» Started the last 10 games of the season at the 4 spot in place of Stephanie Paul 
» Set new season highs in back-to-back games with 11 points against Alabama and 12 at Arkansas and then hit a season-high of 15 points against Ole Miss 
» Made 6-of-8 shots in the second half after going 1-for-5 from the field in the first half against Ole Miss 
» Made a layup to put Georgia up 57-53 late in the fourth quarter in the win at Vanderbilt 
» Hit a last second shot to end the first half against Charleston Southern and finished with seven points in 25 minutes 
» Made another buzzer-beater to end the first half against Lipscomb 
» Won the 3-point shooting contest during the team’s StegMania Midnight Madness Event 

2017-18 Season (Freshman)
» Played in all 33 games in her freshman season
» Led the team in 3-point field goal percentage, knocking in 40 percent of her shots from behind the arc (23-of-57)
» Averaged 4.5 ppg and 2.2 rpg
» Scored in double figures four times and led the Lady Bulldogs with 20 points against Howard
» Hit two crucial 3-pointers in the win against Florida (2/25)
» Recorded a career-high six rebounds and played valuable minutes against Florida (1/28)
» Finished with a team-high 15 points against North Florida (12/28) — all of those points came in the second half
» Scored a career high 20 points against Howard (12/19); scored 14 of those points in the second half
» Was first Georgia freshman to score 20 points in a game since Mackenzie Engram in 2014
» Scored six-straight points in the fourth quarter to save the Lady Bulldogs against NCA&T (12/14); did so in front of friends and family who made the short drive from Charlotte to Greensboro to watch her play
» Solid outing with 12 points and four rebounds against Tenn Tech (11/27/17)
» Finished with 11 points against Western Carolina (11/21)
» Played 15 minutes and finished with five points in Georgia debut vs. Wofford (11/12)
» Saw considerable playing time with 11 minutes at Mercer (11/19)

High School
» Prepped at Davidson Day School in Davidson, N.C.; played for head coaches Zakia Vanhoose and Jeff Lafave
» A four-star prospect and top-100 recruit according to ESPN’s HoopGurlz; ranked as the No. 13 overall guard prospect in the country and No. 4 recruit in the state of North Carolina according to HoopGurlz
» 2017 McDonald’s All-America nominee
» 2016 and 2017 USA Today First-Team All-North Carolina selection
» Averaged 21.2 points and 4.6 assists per game and led the Patriots to a runner-up finish in the 2017 NCISAA Class 2A State Tournament during her senior season
» Her team advanced to the state finals three times (freshman, sophomore and senior seasons) and the state semifinals once (junior) during her four years of high school
» Team finished 24-3 during her senior season
» During just her sophomore season she became the first player in her school’s history to record 1,000 career points as she averaged 24.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game
» Averaged 18 points, six rebounds and five assists per game during her junior year
» Was named the Conference Player of the Year in eighth grade
» Also played tennis (both singles and doubles) in high school

Personal
» Born Dec. 15, 1998
» Daughter of Bernard and Patricia Caldwell
» Has two brothers (Omar and Cameron) and two sisters (LaToya and Nevaeh)
» Wants to run a non-profit organization following graduation
» Recipient of the Joy Thomas Elder Women’s Basketball Scholarship
» Graduated this past May with a degree in Communication Studies
» Pursuing a master’s degree in Non-profit Management & Leadership