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Indiana a program to ‘keep an eye on’ with top transfer guard Caleb Love



Jan 14, 2023; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Caleb Love (2) dribbles against the Louisville Cardinals during the first half at KFC Yum! Center. North Carolina defeated Louisville 80-59. (Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports)

The Indiana basketball program is heavily involved with numerous players in the transfer portal — and that list is expected to grow. One player that has emerged as a potential option for Indiana is UNC guard Caleb Love. has confirmed that Indiana and Caleb Love have been in contact. Initial report of contact being made was by 247Sports.

Love enters the portal after three years at North Carolina and a star in the 2022 NCAA Tournament. This past year as a junior he averaged 16.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. But, his inconsistent shooting left him at just 29.9 percent from three on 7.4 attempts per game. He shot just 73-of-244 from three.

He scored 20 points or more in 11 games and made at least two 3s in 21 games.

Love had at least four assists in 14 games as well.

During his sophomore season, Love averaged 15.9 points and shot 36 percent from three. He made 93 3s on the year. During the NCAA Tournament, Love had a 30 point game in the Sweet 16 against UCLA — with 27 coming after halftime. Two games later against Duke in the Final Four, he had 25 of his 28 points in the second half, including a deep three over Mark Williams with the shot clock running down and 24 seconds left in the game. That would stretch the UNC lead to four and help in leading UNC to the National Championship game.

He averaged 18.8 points per game in the 2022 NCAA Tournament.

In his three years, he has scored in double figures in 79 of his 101 career games. He has made at least one three in 86 career games.

He is also a career 81.5 percent free throw shooter on 3.6 attempts per game.

Indiana recruited Love out of high school where Love included the Hoosiers in his final five schools.

Now in addition to Indiana being in contact, it’s also a program to ‘keep an eye on’ according to a report from 247Sports National Recruiting Director Eric Bossi.

“A native of St. Louis, early word behind the scenes is that Love is likely to end up back closer to home. So, keep an eye on programs in the Midwest like Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and potentially a few others,” Bossi said.

Out of high school, Love was a five-star prospect and ranked in the top-15 of the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Caleb Love has two years of eligibility left.

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Alec Lasley is the owner of Hoosier Illustrated, a comprehensive site covering news, updates and recruiting for Indiana University athletics. Alec has covered Indiana for six years and is a credentialed media member. He has previously worked for both Rivals and 247Sports.