Caleb Furst will be a Purdue Boilermaker.
The Blackhawk Christian junior took to Twitter on Monday night to make it official, committing to Coach Matt Painter and the Purdue Boilermakers over offers from Indiana, Michigan State, Virginia and a host of others. A January 14 game against Homestead saw a hoard of coaches in town to see Furst and Homestead junior Luke Goode, including that group and North Carolina’s Roy Williams.
“Coach Painter was the first one to offer me and then he stayed strong through the finish line. Showed me that they really saw me as a valuable piece to their program,” Furst told Outside the Huddle. “Just being able to see the way he develops big men…it is a huge encouragement.”
Never one to seek the limelight, Furst kept much of his recruitment pretty close to the chest in terms of leaders. However, rumors in recent weeks had Furst zeroing in on either Purdue or Michigan State. His commitment and Twitter post caught many off guard as the timing of the announcement wasn’t widely expected.
“Me and my family just prayed about it and talked about it over the past few days. I was at peace with the decision and it felt like the right time,” Furst said.
Furst chose the Boilermakers, giving Purdue its second five-star recruit from Fort Wayne since 2015, joining Caleb Swanigan. He says that staying in state was not something he was going to revolve his decision around, but staying in state and near home, on top of everything else Purdue brought to the table, was a huge plus.
“The family aspect of it all, with all of the coaches and players, it was just something I wanted to be a part of,” Furst said. “In my opinion, I think Purdue has the best fans in the world. I’ve been to games at Mackey and it gets louder than any place I have ever been.”
Entering sectional play this week, the 6-foot-9, 215-pound Furst is averaging 22.3 points and 13.5 rebounds for the Braves.
As a sophomore, Furst helped lead Blackhawk Christian to a Class 1A state title and was part of Outside the Huddle’s All-Area team. He is also a two-time member of OTH’s ‘First Five’ honoring our Preseason Top 5 players in the area.
Blackhawk Christian (20-3) will be in Sectional action on Wednesday against Whitko in the Class 2A bracket played at Manchester.
“I didn’t feel like it was something that I needed to put out there,” Furst said of the silence during most of his recruiting process. “We were just focused on trying to play basketball and putting the team first always…it is a great feeling just to be able to focus on [basketball] this season, the summer and even into next season.”