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Top 40 Junior Caleb Love discusses busy recruitment

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Caleb Love
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ST. LOUIS -- Top 40 point guard Caleb Love only made one shot in the second half Friday night, but he made it count drilling a heavily contested pull-up jumper with 5.9 seconds to finish with 15 points and give his St. Louis (Mo.) CBC team a one point win in a heated rivalry game with St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade.

Ranked No. 39 overall in the class of 2020, the 6-foot-3 Love is a good sized floor general who can be a dynamic scorer off the dribble and passes well. This season, Love is focusing more and more on being a full time point guard after being more of a scoring combo in the past.

"I need to keep getting my handle right and getting my teammates involved a lot more," Love told Rivals.com. "I believe that I can see the court so I believe that I can get my teammates involved since I've always got the ball in my hand."

His abilities have drawn offers from the likes of Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas State, Louisville, Marquette, Missouri, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Saint Louis, Texas, Xavier, Virginia and more to go with recent interest from Duke and North Carolina.

IN HIS OWN WORDS....

Love broke down the interest with several of the programs recruiting him.

Illinois: "They are just telling me that they want me to come in as their lead point guard because they are building a good team. They just got Kofi Cockburn, they have Ayo Dosunmu who may be in the league in two years, they've got Trent Frazier so they just want me to come in and run the ship."

Indiana: "They love me a lot. Me and coach (Archie) Miller always talk and we are always going over my game. They are always trying to help me get better. We talk a lot."

Louisville: "It was fun. I liked the atmosphere of the arena. They won the game and I like the style of play. They play uptempo and Coach (Chris) Mack he lacks his guards go and that's my type of game. We talk like every day."

Missouri: "Coach (Cuonzo) Martin has made a big impression because it's not just about basketball with him it's about the person and how I am as a person outside of basketball. The whole aspect of being an overall coach, I like that."

SLU: "I was on the phone with Coach (Travis) Ford before the game and he was just telling me to play hard. He wants to me to get up to a game (Saturday) and I'll see if I can make it over there for that."

Texas: "I love those guys. Obviously Courtney Ramey is there and me and him talk about it all the time. Coaches text me all the time and asks me about how I'm doing so we have a good relationship."

Virginia: "I have got to get up there soon. They are on me hard. That's one of the top schools in the country obviously. I might go there on an official soon because it's so far."

RIVALS' REACTION, WHAT'S NEXT?

Love has terrific size for a point guard and burst that can get him to and over the rim in traffic. He'll bulk up without losing quickness or athleticism in college and is a fairly complete guard, especially when he's confident with his jump shot.

He's a serious priority for the local schools who want badly to keep a star player home. So far, Love is playing things cool and appears to have most schools on a pretty even level. If he gets a visit set to Virginia, that would be one to pay close attention to and North Carolina is expected in within the next week or two and the Heels could make things pretty interesting with an offer.

For now, Love is in no hurry to decide and looks like he'll be taking until at least the fall to make his decision.