Reported first by Jeff Rabjohns of Peegs.com, five-star Caleb Love of the 2020 class has set up a five official visits, which he will take between September 7 and October 13. Archie Miller and the Hoosiers made the cut and Bloomington will be one of five destinations for Caleb Love. The St. Louis native will also be making stops to Missouri, North Carolina, Louisville, and Kansas.
Caleb Love has been a long-time target for Indiana and the relationship between Archie Miller has involved visits to Bloomington by Love and visits to the Love home by the Hoosiers staff. The battle for Love’s services will not be easy given the additional teams in the mix. Love saw his recruitment shoot to another tier after a number of high-major offers to Love near the end of May.
Cuonzo Martin and Missouri would be the local, in-state option for Caleb Love. Kansas and North Carolina offers carry a ton of weight and if distance is not a concern, then one of these schools may ultimately be the toughest school to beat. Indiana and Louisville sit in a category of two very drive-able schools with programs recently undergoing reconstruction.
The Hoosiers already have two guard commitments in the 2020 class with the announcements of Trey Galloway and Anthony Leal. Despite already having Galloway and Leal in the fold, Archie Miller is actively still searching for a point guard, a role that Caleb Love would fill if he decided to play for the Hoosiers.
Caleb Love’s Recruiting Profile
- ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 5-Star Point Guard, 6-3, 170 pounds
- Teams: Christian Brothers College (Saint Louis, Missouri) / Brad Beal Elite (Missouri)
- Composite Rating: 0.9902
- Composite Ranking: 24th Overall, 4th Point Guard, 1st in the state of Missouri
- Offered: May 1, 2019
- Other Schools Offered: North Carolina, Kansas, Louisville, DePaul, Missouri, Texas, Creighton, Butler, Illinois, Kansas State, Northwestern, Purdue, Virginia
- Indiana Basketball Target 2020 PG Caleb Love Receives Elite Offers
Breaking Down Caleb Love’s Game
Caleb Love plays very comfortably on the offensive end as he has high-major caliber skills from shooting, driving, and distributing. Love has no problem handling the ball in either hand, and his main entree is a pull up mid-range jump shot. His quick release allows for his mid-range to be very effective as he can stop on a dime and pull up anywhere between the arc and right in front of the rim. He is a solid shooter but can add more consistency in his game like any other high school player.
Love understands that his mid-range separates him from others. By adding a mid-range jumper in addition to three point shooting and attacking the rim, Caleb has versatility that makes defending and reading him very difficult.
When Love penetrates to the rim, he is tall enough to dunk one-handed if the lanes open appropriately. He has not been afraid to dunk with his 6-foot-3 frame. More importantly, Caleb Love can distribute the ball very well after penetrating the outer layer of the defense. His peripheral vision allows him to see open teammates, and his understanding of the game allows him to thread the needle on tough passes, often in the no-look variety. Passing is definitely an area where he excels among his peers at his age.
On defense, Caleb Love can help guard more than just the point guard position with his size. He is not an undersized point guard by any means, but if he grows more he can be more effective on help defense in the packline scheme.
Love already has great on-ball pressure and his peskiness makes him a nuance on defense. While offense is more in his wheelhouse, one shouldn’t sleep on Caleb Love’s ability to play both ends of the floor.
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