Posted On: 05/23/17 1:14 PM
Searching for a knockdown outside shooter?
Then look no further than 2018 guard Kaleb Fields. At 6’4″, 173 lbs., he has the frame to cover a lot of ground on defense as well.
Fields started his varsity career at Lakewood Ranch as a freshman. He then moved to Sarasota the last two seasons. He’s returning to a Lakewood Ranch program that finished last season as a Class 8A state semifinalist.
He says he learned a lot from his junior season. Fields is looking forward to a role as a consistent shooter, key defender and rebounder under head coach Jeremy Schiller.
“This season I matured as a teammate,” Fields told Prep Hoops Florida. “I learned to trust my teammates and to help change a culture at a school where basketball was a nonfactor in the community. Changing the tradition and creating a “we over I” atmosphere was the team focus.”
This summer, Fields is running with CBA United, a program he’s been with since 8th grade. This past weekend, he led all shooters with 11 made 3’s in the 3-day Bob Gibbons tournament in Atlanta, Ga.
“I am focusing on being more consistent every time that I step on the court,” he said. “The first live period in Myrtle Beach we won the whole tournament and I received all-tournament MVP.”
Fields started his basketball life at age 3. He played YMCA until age 6 and then joined his first AAU team at age 8. He says he’s had nothing but love for the game from the start.
In terms of his biggest strengths, he pointed to his scoring ability, communication, leadership and defensive ability.
No offers have come yet for Fields, but he’s drawn interest from Mercer, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Presbyterian, Trinity and Palm Beach Atlantic.
He has a visit to Mercer planned for June 15 and another visit to Georgia Tech planned on June 16.
Fields crowned himself the best shooter in the state and said he’s very confident about that. In terms of the move back to Lakewood Ranch, he explained it a bit further.
“My ultimate goal is to go to Lakeland with Lakewood Ranch and bring back a state championship,” he said. “My dad had coached me for 10 years, he and I both discussed that is time for me to move on and be productive under another coach’s philosophy.”
Shooting at a high clip is something Fields does very well. He’s going to really bring up the level of play at Lakewood Ranch, an already established program and yearly contender. Look for Fields to earn offers before the summer ends. He’s flying under the radar, but that’s set to change awfully soon.