Having an extreme passion for something can make anyone do almost anything to get it. For the Los Angeles Lakers’ shooting guard, Alex Caruso, his love of basketball led him to serve as a ball boy for the Aggies long before he even attended school. At the end of his college career with the Aggies, he was named the permanent head of the school, both assisting and stealing.
Caruso’s journey with the Aggies did not begin during his college years, he even attended A&M Consolidated High School where he played high school basketball and was named the district MVP. He joined the Philadelphia 76ers for the NBA Summer League in 2016 after not being drafted that season. Learn more about Alex Caruso below.
Who Is Alex Caruso?
Alex Caruso was born on February 28, 1994, in College Station, Texas. He attended A&M Consolidated High School, where he began his basketball career under two amazing high school coaches, Rick German and Rusty Segler.
In his senior year, he averaged eighteen points and nine rebounds. At the end of his high school career, he not only earned the honor of District MVP after leading his team into the off-season but was also named TABC All-Star and TABC All-Regional, All-State.
After high school, Alex Caruso served as the ball boy for the Aggies long before he even attended Texas A&M University. In his four-year college career with the Texas A&M Aggies, he played a total of one hundred and thirty-seven games with a statistical record of 4.7 assists, 2.02 steals, and 8.0 points per game.
At the end of his college career, he was named All-Time-Leader of both the Assists and Steals and also received awards for the second team of the All-SEC and the SEC All-Defensive Team. He studied sports management as a major at Texas A&M.
After his college career, Alex joined the 2016 NBA Draft but was not drafted. He was later to play for the Philadelphia 76ers for their NBA Summer League. In September of the same year, he signed a contract with Oklahoma City Thunder, which was to fire him the following month.
In November, the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA Development League acquired him. The following year (2017) he participated in another NBA summer league, this time with the Los Angeles Lakers. It was indeed a successful outing for Alex Caruso, in one of the games he jumped in for the injured Lonzo ball and led the Lakers to victory.
After this impressive performance, the Lakers signed a two-way contract with him, and he became the first player to move directly from the G-League (former league) to the NBA through a two-way contract. That year, Alex was instrumental in helping the Lakers win the NBA Summer League Championship, which was held in Las Vegas.
He made his first NBA appearance in October 2017 in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers in which he scored two assists, one rebound, and two points despite a playing time of only 12 minutes. After another successful appearance in the 2018 NBA Summer League, he signed another two-way contract with the team.
Alex Caruso is one of his parents’ three children, Mike and Jackie Caruso. He has 2 sisters (Megan and Emily) who both have an A&M degree in Texas. Megan graduated in 2014 and Emily in 2018.
His father Mike Caruso also played college basketball at Creighton University. He currently serves as Associate Athletics Director of Game Operations at Texas A&M. According to Senior Caruso, Alex had options when it came to choosing a future career, but the younger one had always loved basketball, so he decided to make a career out of it.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements And Other Facts
The Shooting Guard is a combination of size, height, abilities, and intelligence. He stands at a height of 6’4″ (1.96m) and weighs 84kg (185 lbs). He is strong and well built, which certainly contributes to his success on the basketball court.
Caruso is not married and has never been romantically involved with anyone, so he may be single at the moment.
His estimated base salary for 2018 is estimated at $75,000. Two-way contracts typically provide for a base salary of $75,000, which could rise to as much as $250,000 if the player spends the maximum number of days with the parent club.