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Posted On: 01/25/18 5:58 PM
One of the state’s premier up-and-coming players in Kansas’ 2019 class, Maize guard Caleb Grill is putting together a strong season and has turned the heads of college coaches.
An athletic 6’3 guard, Grill is known for his slam dunks and outside shooting abilities. He is averaging 18 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game and is shooting 47 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range. He has made 33 3-pointers in 12 games this season.
“My thing that I do is score,” Grill said. “But if I’m ever getting face guarded or box and 1 or anything like that, I try to get other people shot and opportunities because they will be open.”
He put together a solid off-season competing for NLHA on the grassroots circuit and says that experience has carried over to the high school season.
“I had a great experience with them because I got to play with some elite players,” Grill said. “Going up against the 2018 squad every practice is what felt like got me the most improved because of how physical they played.”
Maize is recently coming off a championship at the Dodge City Tournament of Champions where they knocked off Bishop Miege in the semifinals and Ulysses in the championship game. The Eagles are now 11-3 this season and have wins over Wichita Southeast, Wichita Heights among others.
“Our season is going really good right now,” Grill said. “I feel like I’m doing my role on the team and getting my teammates better. I’m averaging about 18 a game.”
Grill says his parents have been the biggest influence to date.
“They both played basketball in college and they push me more and more everyday to get there and they want me to go higher then them,” he said.
He says his favorite player to watch is Giannis Antetokounmpo and has attempted to implement his all-around game into his own.
“He plays with energy and goes hard,” Grill said. “He’s not really my position but he’s fun to watch. My favorite player to watch in my position is to watch James Harden. He creates so many plays and that’s what id like to be like.”
Grill drew his first offer in November South Dakota State and recently added an offer from Colorado State.
“They mean so much to me because I’ve worked my whole life for this and knowing that you get an offer is just a good feeling that you worked for,” Grill said.
Grill has also been drawing significant interest of late from Arkansas Little Rock and Northern Arizona.