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Indiana basketball offered 5-star PG Caleb Love over a year ago after making a number of trips to watch him play for his St. Louis high school team Christian Brothers College (CBC). Their foresight and early establishment of the relationship may come in handy as Caleb Love is starting to receive looks from the most elite programs.
Earlier this week, Caleb Love received an offer from Roy Williams and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. Additionally he has scheduled an official visit with the defending NCAA champions, coach Tony Bennett and the Virginia Cavaliers.
Updated as of May 25th, Caleb Love rescheduled his official visit that was originally planned for Virginia and he will instead visit Kansas and Tennessee in the near future according to @jakeweingarten.
Update June 9th, 2019: Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks have also offered Caleb Love.
Caleb Love is currently the 31st top ranked player overall in the 2020 class. He is the fifth ranked point guard in the class and the number one player out of the state of Missouri. His main suitors at this point in time include UNC, UVA, Indiana, Louisville, Missouri, Kansas, Tennessee, Illinois, Florida, Iowa, Texas, Xavier, and Marquette. Duke has expressed interest but they have not yet offered Caleb Love.
There is no doubt that Archie Miller and the Indiana staff have highly prioritized Caleb Love within the 2020 class. He received an offer over a year ago from the Hoosiers after impressive play at both his high school and on the AAU circuit. In October of 2018, Caleb Love unofficially visited Indiana before the 2018-2019 season even started.
Indiana had an in-home visit with Caleb Love on April 30th, which was one of the first days that Indiana could have met with Caleb after the first non-scholastic AAU events this Spring. For more information on the 2019 NCAA recruiting calendar, check out our in depth analysis on key events and NCAA rule changes starting this year.
Caleb Love on the EYBL Circuit
Caleb Love is currently averaging 17.6 points per game through 8 games on the EYBL Circuit. Love is currently averaging the highest minutes per game for his team at 30.5 minutes per contest and he has shoot 46.4% from the floor during those minutes. Love also leads his team in three point shooting with over 40% accuracy from distance. In addition to scoring, Love is averaging 3.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
Currently, his Brad Beal Elite (MO) team has a combined EYBL record of 2-6 across the Atlanta and Indianapolis sessions. They will be playing in Dallas this upcoming weekend and in North Augusta for the Peach Jam in July. That event will be the only summer non-scholastic event that college coaches can attend based on the 2019 recruiting schedule.
The Scouting Report on Caleb Love
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.