Last season, it felt like the perfect storm for Coach Robert Machado and the Hickory Ridge Ragin’ Bulls. Led by a trio of young prospects, they finished with a record of 21-6 and arguably marked the most successful season under Machado. This was not by mistake or coincidence, as their roster makeup was as strong as ever before. Jordan Marsh, Daniel Lubamba, and Shane Fernald were all major contributors, but there’s just an overwhelming sense of appeal and intrigue surrounding Caleb Foster.
Despite being the youngest player on the roster, Foster posted nightly averages of 16.6 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 4.3 APG, and 1.7 SPG with 43/37/81 shooting splits. There might’ve been more productive scorers or rebounders as freshmen, but the all-encompassing game of Foster is what should stand out to the masses. Not only does he possess excellent physical tools, but his IQ, skill, and overall versatility already allow him to affect all facets of the game. He can reliably initiate the offense and set up teammates or operate without the ball and find consistent scoring opportunities as a cutter and spot-up threat. Foster handles the ball with poise and craftiness, and can create clean shots for himself off the dribble. Defensively, he has the ability and understanding to effectively guard multiple positions. Foster utilizes his length to disrupt others and secure rebounds on both ends of the floor.
Right now, Foster has no glaring weaknesses within his skillset and genuinely possesses all the tools/makings of a big-time prospect. He already shows the ability to highlight his well-rounded skillset and do a little bit of everything, so his potential growth should strike fear for those set to be his opposition over the next three years. Although Foster is just coming off his freshman season, Division I coaches would be wise to start getting involved now.