NS In-Depth: Blackhawk Christian’s Caleb Furst
On November 21, Caleb Furst made his first high school varsity basketball start. It was also his first high school basketball game. Straight into the fire, the Braves freshman has been forced to contribute immediately for a Class 1A state contender. It is not an easy road.
Future150.com has been the first scouting website to focus in on Furst, ranking him the ninth best player in the class of 2021. While future rankings will come sooner than later, it has been Furst’s on-court acumen that has impressed many locally. His technical approach to playing the stretch-four spot at Blackhawk Christian helped him shine against Class 4A contender North Side, something not lost on spectators over his first three games.
WHO: Caleb Furst
SCHOOL: Blackhawk Christian
HOMETOWN: Fort Wayne, Indiana
POSITION: Power Forward
THE BUZZ ON CALEB FURST
• THE COACH — Blackhawk Christian’s Marc Davidson on Caleb: “Caleb is a coach’s dream in terms of a self-motivated player. He lives in the gym, and is extremely dedicated to getting better as a player. At the same time, he has his priorities in life firmly in place- Jesus Christ above all else, then family, then academics, then basketball. The sky is the limit for Caleb as he continues to improve.”
• THE OPPOSING COACH — North Side’s Shabaz Khaliq on Caleb: “Caleb has a chance to be really special. He is a versatile player who has the ability to face up or play with his back to the basket. I was impressed with his poise and offensive patience. If he develops a mean streak, he has the skill set to be one of the best players in the country.”
• THE EXPERT AMPHIBIAN — News-Sentinel.com’s Shooter on Caleb: “Caleb Furst has a lot of big opportunities in his future. His freshman season has barely started and he’s had to face some big pressure situations. His poise in the Braves’ loss to North Side, in just his second high school game, showed that the future is bright. He works well in the post, something many high school kids need years to do. With his back to the basket, he knows how to create space and finishes well, especially with his jump hook.”
THE RECRUITING TRAIL
What are you looking for in a college?: One that fits me in the right ways, athletically and academically.
Recruited By: Purdue
When you knew you’d have a chance to play college basketball: Around 7th grade
ALL ABOUT CALEB
Nickname: Big C
I Can’t be Beat at: NBA 2k18
Fear: I don’t really know
Pet Peeve: don’t really know
Best Vacation Spot: Siesta Key
IN THE GYM
Favorite Opponent: Haven’t played anyone yet, so I can’t really choose.
Favorite Gym: Blackhawk Christian
High School Goal: Exceed academically and athletically.
College Goal: Same as high school goal.
Davidson Saying: “The train is rolling, get on board.”
Sports thrill participated in: Making it to final 4 in Nationals back in 5th grade.
Sports thrill witnessed: I don’t know
Favorite Team: Knicks
Favorite Athlete: Kristaps Porzingis
Play anyone 1-on-1: Kristaps Porzingis
Favorite Musician: Don’t really have one.
Dessert: Chocolate Cake
Restaurant: Taco Bell
Ice cream: Chocolate
Blackhawk Christian teacher: Can’t choose
TV Show: Spongebob Squarepants
Cartoon as Kid: Spongebob Squarepants
Favorite thing with mom: Play pool
Favorite thing with Dad: table tennis
Number of sibling: 2
Favorite thing with siblings: play NBA 2k18
Best advice from parents: Play for the Lord
If you could go back in time to witness one event: I don’t know
If you could meet anyone: Kobe Bryant
THE IN-DEPTH ARCHIVE