WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Caleb Furst almost quit playing basketball in second grade.
Now the Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian junior will play at Purdue.
Furst committed on March 2. He is the first commitment in the Boilermakers' 2021 recruiting class.
The 6-foot-8 forward selected Purdue over offers from Michigan State, Virginia, Ohio State, Indiana, Louisville and Notre Dame among others.
He also received interest from Duke and North Carolina.
One of the main reasons why Furst decided to continue his basketball career in West Lafayette: Matt Painter.
"Purdue came to watch me play or practice more than any other school and whenever they did almost all the time it was him," Furst said. "When the head coach comes it really shows that they're interested and they want you."
Furst also credited the program's culture.
"A big thing that stood out was when we went bowling and almost the whole team was there," Furst said. "You can tell that they're really close and it's not like a kind of a fake relationship but it's a real one."
Before the coronavirus pandemic canceled his team's season, Furst was averaging 22.3 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 blocked shots.
Furst and the Braves were scheduled to face Churubusco in the Class 2A regional semifinals.
Since the abrupt end to his junior season, Furst is staying busy with school work. He's interested in studying kinesiology at Purdue.
In his free time, Furst plays video games such as 'Call of Duty.'
When it comes to Furst's game on the basketball court, he stays even-keeled.
"My dad calls it 'emotionally hijacked,'" Furst said. "I never get too excited on the court, too low. I just stay steady and try to do my business whether guarding a guy at the moment, getting rebounds, scoring, whatever. Whatever I need to do."