Wildwood Catholic’s Caleb Fields, one of the top high school boys basketball players in the Cape-Atlantic League, will play NCAA Division I basketball.
Fields announced Tuesday night that he has verbally committed to Bowling Green State University.
With other offers from New Jersey Institute of Technology and Binghamton, the senior from Middle Township decided on Bowling Green after meeting the team in person last weekend.
“The coach made me feel like I was at home,” Fields said. “It was like a home away from home when I visited there with me and my dad. The coaches just treat everyone like they’re family, and that just took me right away.”
The 6-foot-2 combination guard has played at the varsity level since he was a freshman and scored his 1,000th point last season. The Press first-team All-Star averaged 17.8 points and 5.5 rebounds and made 43 of his 108 3-point attempts.
“Throughout his career at Wildwood Catholic, he’s played both at the point and at the two spot, so I think that’s one of the things that made him very attractive to many Division I programs,” coach Dave DeWeese said.
Fields will continue to capitalize on his versatility when he joins the Falcons for the 2018-19 season.
“They said I’d be a perfect fit for defense, play maker, offense, everything,” Fields said.
Bowling Green coach Michael Huber led the Falcons to a 13-19 overall record and a 7-11 record in the Mid-American Conference last season, which included a 104-100 win over rival Toledo for the first time since 2012. The Falcons are 3-1 this season and on a two-game winning streak heading into the Creek Classic Tournament on Friday.
Fields said he is eager to join the Falcons and is relieved that he does not have to tackle the tough decision of choosing a college during his senior season.
“It’s a moment of relief because I can just go play my game and have fun for my last year,” Fields said.
Wildwood Catholic finished 16-11 last season and Fields led his club team the Jersey Force AAU team to win the Elevate Hoops Summer Ice Breaker II championship last summer.
“He worked very, very hard to prove his basketball skills to the point where he earned his Division I scholarship.” DeWeese said. “He’s the leader of our team, and we anticipate this season that he is going to be one of the top players in South Jersey and hopefully lead our team to a very good season.”
Fields will follow in his older sister’s footsteps by playing Division I basketball.
Lauryn, a Middle Township graduate and the Press Player of the Year in 2014, started her senior season at Savannah State this month.
Finishing his high school career this season, Fields looks to the advice of his future teammates to help him with the transition to college.
“That’s going to be the hardest thing for me, leaving high school,” Field said. “But the players, they said make your senior year last while you have it.”