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2021 6’7 Wing J. Caleb Slawinski

College coaches love a coachable player with upside, and the upside that J. Caleb Slawinski has to offer is sky-high.

2021 6’7 Wing J. Caleb Slawinski

2021 6’7 Wing J. Caleb Slawinski

Slawinski, who posted a number of impressive statistical performances in a season that included personal All-Tournament recognition in the loaded St. Charles East Thanksgiving Tournament, just wrapped up a strong junior campaign at St. Joseph’s High School. Throughout the winter, he showcased his ability to block shots, finish through defenders around the rim, and step out to score from the midrange. However, college coaches who caught a glimpse of Slawinski during the season were undoubtedly enthralled by his lanky frame, long arms, and vertical athleticism.

At a legitimate 6’7, Slawinski is built to be a step-out four at the collegiate level, and his athleticism and quickness will allow him to fill that position successfully at a very high level. He moves comfortably around the rim, demonstrating solid footwork when backing down opponents one-on-one and using both his power and soft touch to score effectively. He’s also a scoring threat when further away from the rim, as he has nice form and the confidence necessary to rely on it from 15-18’ out. Defensively, J. Caleb takes pride in shutting down his opponent, and his size and skill set equips him nicely to guard no less than three positions on the court.

As good as Slawinski is today, his ceiling is much higher. And, according to his high school coach, Bill Riley, he possesses the work ethic necessary to eventually reach that ceiling with his future college program. “I quickly found (J. Caleb) craved success. He works at being the best he can be at whatever he attempts. It shows in his academic life; being an excellent student and spending countless hours attempting to be the best basketball player he can be. His work ethic in all that he attempts is outstanding”.

Whenever basketball returns, college coaches will be storming the bleachers for an opportunity to watch Slawinski in action. Interest has already begun building up among D1 and D2 programs alike, and coaches who are excited about helping J. Caleb achieve his tremendous upside will make him a priority recruit in months ahead.

Now, allow us to introduce you to J. Caleb in his own words:

  1. As you think ahead toward your ideal college situation, what factors are most important to you in picking a school? What are you looking for in a school and basketball program?
    My ideal situation is a college that allows me to grow in my academics and as a basketball player. I’m looking for a school with diverse courses, as I have not yet decided on a major. My priority is not only being successful as a basketball player, but as a person, too.
  2. From your perspective, what are your greatest on-court strengths that you will bring to your future college program?
    I’m a hard worker. I push myself and those around me, as my work ethic is contagious. I also believe that I have many leadership qualities.
  3. During this coronavirus-inflicted “shelter-in-place”, which aspects of your game are you working to improve? And how are you being creative with your workout routine?
    I’ve been putting up a lot of shots while also further developing my fundamentals (footwork, setting screens, post moves, etc.). My goal is to develop the most well-rounded skill set I can develop.
  4. If we asked your teammates what their favorite part about playing alongside you was, what would they say?
    My work ethic for sure. I also encourage my teammates to be the best players they can possibly be.
  5. During this time in which college coaches cannot travel to watch you play live, what’s one thing you’d like for those coaches to know about you?
    I’m ready to work hard, and I’ll give them and my future team  everything I have each and every day.

Interested in learning more about J. Caleb?

Additional film, academic information, and other recruiting updates are available to college coaches upon request. Email bruggles@darkhorserecruits.com to learn more.