Chalk up another offer to the “inside out” initiative. There is certainly no shortage of high end talent in the Hoosier state in the class of 2021, and Fort Wayne based big man Caleb Furst is at or near the top of that list.
Furst was in Bloomington on Saturday for an unofficial visit and reported the IU offer on Twitter:
Furst is considered a top 50 recruit nationally in the class of 2021 and has been on IU’s radar for a long time. He has visited Bloomington previously and was also an attendee at Hoosier Hysteria back in September.
As a freshman at Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Furst averaged 14.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. That senior-led team reached the semistate in the Indiana school tournament and finished the season 26-3.
As a 6-foot-8, 205 pound lefty, your eyes aren’t fooling you if Trayce Jackson-Davis at that age comes to mind.
You can watch video of Furst below playing AAU basketball for the 15U Indy Heat. In the video, Furst wears jersey no. 35. You’ll also see his teammate and fellow IU recruiting target Jalen Blackmon (no. 1).
Keep in mind that these players are just coming out of their freshman season, so their games won’t look as refined as the class of 2019 recruits you more commonly see here.
Of course at 6-foot-8 at this age Furst has a strong game around the rim. What is more surprising for a young player of his size is his ability to run the floor. He also shows above average ball handling skills for a player that has predominately been used as a post player thus far.
247Sports described Furst this way in June at the Nike Elite 100 Camp:
Ft. Wayne, Indiana native Caleb Furst had a very strong evening session on Friday. Furst, who is known more for skill than explosion, had a few high level dunks in traffic, one of which was a tip dunk on an offensive rebound.
Along with the athleticism plays, Furst also held his own on the glass, and finished with a few nice post moves as well.
Beyond that Furst blocked shots, and ran the floor every single possession. Just a class of 2021 prospect, Furst held his own against some of the best bigs in the country, and has made a real impression with his play.
Furst also has offers from Purdue, Butler and Iowa. That is a list that will obviously continue to grow.
He becomes the third player that IU has offered in the class of 2021, along with Terrence Clarke and Khristian Lander.
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