JONESBORO, Ark. (11/20/18) – Arkansas State head coach Mike Balado announced today that three prospective student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball for the Red Wolves.
Guard Caleb Fields (Lewisburg, Tenn.), guard Malcolm Farrington (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and forward Antwon Jackson (Las Vegas, Nev.) each signed NLI's to join the Red Wolves' program for the 2019-20 season.
“My goal was to identify talented high school players in the class of 2019 that would continue to build an Arkansas State basketball team that the community would be proud of,” said Balado. “All three young men in the early signing period are excellent citizens, students, and high character people that will fit in well with the culture we are trying to build.”
Caleb Fields | G | 6-0 | 185 | Lewisburg, Tenn. | Aspire Academy
An athletic and speedy point guard, Fields is in his second season at Aspire Academy in Louisville, Ky. As a junior last season (2017-18) with the Wizards, Fields averaged 10.3 points on 44.6 percent (58-130) shooting. He pulled down 3.6 rebounds per game while dishing out 124 assists (6.5 APG) against 64 turnovers in his 19 games played. Prior to his time at Aspire Academy, Fields was ranked as one of the top players in Tennessee by multiple publications. Fields shined in summer ball for Adidas Team Carroll Premier in which he averaged 11.3 points, 3.7 assists and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 49 percent from the field over 12 games played.
Head Coach Mike Balado
“Important attributes we were looking to add to our team in the 2019 recruiting class were speed, athleticism, and toughness. Caleb addresses all those needs plus more! We believe he is a true leader, which is something we always value in the point guard position. I look forward to getting him on campus and working with him on expanding his game.”
Jeremy Kipness, Aspire Academy Head Coach
“We would like to congratulate Caleb and his family on all the hard work, dedication and sacrifice culminating in this opportunity to not only play the game he loves at the next level, but further his education. Caleb exemplifies what it means to be a true ‘student-athlete’, always representing the Aspire program in a first-class manner. Coach Balado and his staff will be getting one of the toughest and grittiest guards around, relentless in his pursuit to always make his teammates around him better.”
Malcolm Farrington | G | 6-4 | 195 | West Palm Beach, Fla. | DME Academy
Head Coach Mike Balado
“In my opinion, Malcolm Farrington is one of the most underrated guards in the class of 2019. His ability to score in many different ways is something that will translate well to the college game and I expect him to compete for minutes in the backcourt the second he gets on campus.”
Jim Carr, Nike Team Florida EYBL
“Malcolm is an elite shooter with an expanding offensive game. Malcolm just knows how to put the ball in the basket! His experience and maturity, combined with his skill level, will help him become an impact player when he gets on campus at Arkansas State. Above all, Malcolm is a great kid who his teammates enjoy playing with.”
Antwon Jackson | F | 6-7 | 250 | Las Vegas, Nev. | Ed W. Clark High School
A starter on the varsity squad since his freshman year, Jackson has been to the state title game in all three seasons. The Chargers won the state title his freshman season, but were runners-up the last two seasons. This past season as a junior, Jackson averaged 13.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocks while shooting 56 percent from the field and 68 percent from the free throw line. The Chargers finished the season with an overall record of 22-7 and 10-2 in conference play competing in the tough Las Vegas city basketball scene. He competed on the AAU circuit with 702 Elite, averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds leading his team to the nationally acclaimed Las Vegas Classic championship.
Head Coach Mike Balado
“Antwon’s combination of size and skill is really tough to find out of a high school player. My staff and I were very intrigued by his high ceiling and room for growth. His ability to score on the block as well as stretch defenses is something we always look for out of that position. I see nothing but great things for him in his Red Wolf career.”
Chat Beeten, Ed W. Clark HS Head Coach
“First, Antwon is a kid of great character! His personality is tremendous and he is a good student. Antwon is a big physical and skilled power forward that can impact the game in many different ways. I know that with his senior year development, along with the coaching staff at Arkansas State development in the future, Antwon will be a force for the Red Wolves for years to come.”
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