Blackhawk Christian (Fort Wayne, IN) rising junior post prospect Caleb Furst tweeted Thursday night (August 1) that he has received a scholarship offer from the University of Virginia.
Blessed to receive an offer from the University of Virginia. Thanks to Coach Bennett and staff. pic.twitter.com/JfrjnU0Eon
— Caleb Furst (@calebfurst) August 2, 2019
Furst, who measures in at 6’9” or 6’10” and anywhere from 205 to 215 pounds, is rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals. ESPN ranks him as the no. 31 rising junior in the nation, while 247Sports (no. 36) and Rivals (no. 37) also include him among the top 40 prospects in the class of 2021.
During Blackhawk Christian’s Class A state championship run this past season, Furst averaged a double-double in points and rebounds throughout the postseason. He scored 16 points and pulled down 10 boards in the 60-43 title game60-43 title game60-43 title game victory over Barr-Reeve.
Led by Purdue, most of the schools in the Big 10 conference have offered the standout big man. Boilermakers head coach Matt Painter was the first to extend a scholarship in April of 2018. Big East in-state program Butler offered in June of 2018 before Ohio State, Iowa, Indiana and Northwestern offered last fall. More schools offered scholarships this spring and summer, including Louisville (June), Stanford (June), California (June), Marquette (June), Maryland (July), Michigan State (July), Notre Dame (July) and UVA.
Following his high school season, Furst suited up for the Indy Heat on the 2019 Nike EYBL Circuit. In 19 games including session play and Peach Jam, Furst averaged 11.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures in four of the six games at Peach Jam. Highlights of Furst’s play this spring are below, courtesy of Inside The Hall.
Virginia currently has three open scholarship spots in class of 2021 recruiting. Adding a post in this class appears to be a need at this point, as the Cavaliers are projected to have only three scholarship posts on the roster in 2021-22. In addition to Furst, UVA has also reportedly offered Richmond (VA) rising junior big Efton Reid.
Per NCAA recruiting rules, prospects can start making official visits beginning August 1 of their junior year.