Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Class of 2022 Montverde wing Caleb Houstan piling up high-major offers, Kevin Boyle says he’s a future pro
By ADAM ZAGORIA
By all accounts, Canadian small forward Caleb Houstan is a humble and grounded young man.
In this age of social media, he doesn’t have a Twitter or Instagram account.
Yet Houstan is hardly staying under the radar these days. The 6-foot-8 small forward ranked No. 4 at his position nationally by 247Sports.com has added offers from Duke, Gonzaga. Arizona, Alabama and Arkansas since coaches first began calling Class of 2022 prospects. Houstan was Duke’s first offer in the Class of 2022.
Like many Canadian prospects, including former Duke one-and-done R.J. Barrett, Houstan may have the option of reclassifying down to 2021, but now decisions have yet been made on that front.
Caleb Houstan is the first to land the Duke offer in the class of 2022!
Montverde coach Kevin Boyle, who has coached Barrett and five other top-three NBA picks since 2011, said Houstan reminds him of Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks.
“He reminds me a lot of Middleton and I don’t think there’s a question he’s going to be a pro,” Boyle said by phone.
“I think he’s going to be a very good pro because he’s tailor-made for today’s NBA. He’s probably the best high school shooter in America. I think he shot 53 or 54 percent from three last year and that’s every single day for the last two years. He’s just an incredible, incredible shooter, and when he’s open you feel like it’s going in. He’s got good range. He’s good shooting off screens and off of movement. He’s capable of being a big-time shooter and a guy you can run off screens to get good shots. He’s also an incredible worker.
“I think he’s more athletic than people realize.”
Here’s a look at Montverde Academy’s projected roster heading into next season:
1) Michael Wu, 2021, Committed to Eastern Washington (one of China’s premiere young players)
2) DaRon Holmes, 2021, Ranked 30th by Rivals
3) Langston Love, 2021, Ranked 22nd by ESPN 4) Caleb Houstan, 2022, Ranked 3rd by ESPN
5) Jalen Hood-Schifino, 2022, Top-25 National
6) Justice Williams, 2022, Top-25 National
7) Jalen Duren, 2022, Ranked 2nd by ESPN
8) DaRiq Whitehead, 2022, Ranked 9th by ESPN
9) Ryan Nembhard, 2021, committed to Creighton
10) Malik Reneau, 2022, Top-35
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.