Indiana Basketball: Hoosiers team to beat for 2021 target?

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A major 2021 target for the Indiana basketball program could end up in Bloomington according to one recruiting analyst.

While Archie Miller is still trying to secure another player in the 2020 class, he continues to work hard to land his first commitment for Indiana basketball in 2021. With the in-state class being one of the best in the last 20 years, there’s no wonder he continue to be deeply involved with multiple 2021 targets.

Four-star forward Caleb Furst seems to be a bit of the forgotten member of the top trio in 2021 for Indiana fans, but is still one of the best players in the country. While Khristian Lander and Trey Kaufman are the two names that are most talked about, the Hoosiers could be the team to beat when it comes to Furst.

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According to Rivals Analyst Corey Evans, he believes Indiana is in the best shape with the forward, but thinks they could land all three targets.

"“It is not out of the realm of possibility that Indiana strikes with all three, though landing both Trey Kaufman andCaleb Furstmay be difficult as each share similar skill sets in the frontcourt,” Said Evans. “The top-50 junior [Furst] is a top regional target and has also visited Virginia. The Wahoos have been a difficult program to defeat on the recruiting trail lately but I like the Hoosiers’ chances.”"

Despite Indiana offering Furst back in October of 2018, the relationship has developed slower than others, but still remains strong. With multiple unofficial visits to Indiana over the past year and a half, Furst was on record in the fall stating that Purdue, Indiana, and Michigan State have been the three schools in contact with him most.

Being able to play both on the perimeter and in the post, Furst continues to grow – now 6-foot-10 – and has even put on more muscle since this time last year. Continuing to work on his outside game, he has developed nice range that can even extend to the three-point line, however his best shot is in the mid-range.

Furst is an all-around explosive athlete who would be a high impact player from day one. With his ability to play multiple front court positions, it only makes sense that Archie Miller and Indiana continue to prioritize him moving forward.

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Furst has an official visit coming up to Michigan State on Feb 14 and is still trying to secure a date to both Indiana and Ohio State for his final two junior year officials. He has also visited Purdue and Virginia.

During his sophomore season, Furst averaged 19.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game.