Air Caleb commits to Crusaders

By Cory Smith
Caleb Arrington poses with his teammates. Arrington led the the Bears to a 17-9 record and a trip to the second round of the state playoffs in 2018. - Cory Smith | The News
Mount Airy senior Caleb Arrington sits with his family before signing with North Greenville University on Wednesday. - Cory Smith | The News
Air Caleb rises up for dunk against rival East Surry. Arrington led the Bears to back-to-back victories over the Cardinals in 2017-2018. - Cory Smith | The News

A staple of Mount Airy basketball will continue his career by joining the North Greenville Crusaders in the fall.

Caleb Arrington, better known on the court as Air Caleb, officially committed to NGU on Wednesday.

“It’s a big step forward,” Arrington said. “I’m ready for my future, to get out of high school and start something new.”

Arrington has been one of the most successful Bears in the programs history. Four-year varsity player? Check. Member of the all-conference team? Check. More than 1,000 career points? Check.

A member of the varsity squad all four years, Arrington led the team in scoring his junior and senior year, while finishing second as a sophomore.

These results don’t just come naturally according to coach Levi Goins. Goins spoke very highly of Arrington’s work ethic.

“We joke that some players know how to turn the lights on and off and get the equipment out, those are your gym rats. Caleb’s definitely been one of those,” Goins said. “He’s the type of guy to come in and get 500 or 600 shots up.”

Arrington’s preparation showed on the court. He averaged 17.7 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.7 rebounds in addition to shooting 82 percent from the free throw line and 48 percent from 3-point land.

But the ambition of playing college basketball dates back much further than high school.

“I’ve dreamed of playing college basketball since I was in elementary school, Arrington said. “I’d practice all the time, shooting in the driveway until it was dark or raining.”

Goins said Arrington is one of the most dedicated players he’s ever had. This commitment to the game has helped Arrington reach this point and will continue to make him better.

“North Greenville is a great fit for him,” Goins said. “I’ve talked to the coaching staff there and they’re ready for him to make an impact right away.”

While extremely excited to start playing basketball at the next level, Arrington said he’s fully focused on excelling in the classroom as well.

“I’m aiming to get a degree,” Arrington said. “Basketball is something that comes along with it. If I can get a college degree and a job, that will all work out just fine.

Caleb Arrington poses with his teammates. Arrington led the the Bears to a 17-9 record and a trip to the second round of the state playoffs in 2018.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_c2.jpgCaleb Arrington poses with his teammates. Arrington led the the Bears to a 17-9 record and a trip to the second round of the state playoffs in 2018. Cory Smith | The News

Mount Airy senior Caleb Arrington sits with his family before signing with North Greenville University on Wednesday.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_c4.jpgMount Airy senior Caleb Arrington sits with his family before signing with North Greenville University on Wednesday. Cory Smith | The News

Air Caleb rises up for dunk against rival East Surry. Arrington led the Bears to back-to-back victories over the Cardinals in 2017-2018.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_0819.jpgAir Caleb rises up for dunk against rival East Surry. Arrington led the Bears to back-to-back victories over the Cardinals in 2017-2018. Cory Smith | The News
Caleb Arrington will continue his basketball career with North Greenville University

By Cory Smith

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