Caleb and Colby are making names for themselves on the AAU circuit. Larry Butler from the Illinois Warriors heard of these two young men, according to Caleb, and invited them both to play for him.
"Coach Larry Butler told us he heard we were both good players but wanted to see us play, so we went to a tournament in Muncie, Indiana with them and he liked what he saw. He told us right now if we improve our game each year, we could be division 1 prospects," said Caleb.
Both of these young athletes will be freshmen in high school next year at Mt. Zion, but Caleb said he would play some with the varsity this summer and maybe during the school year. Colby and Caleb are 5'9", 130 lb. guards and each player brings something different to the game. "Colby is a good shooter and I'm the point guard. I like to set up my teammates and take people off the dribble."
These two young men are diehard Illini fans, and maybe a bigger Bruce Weber fan than Illinois. "I followed Coach Weber when he was at Southern Illinois. He's a great coach and he has a great system in place right now," Caleb said.
For the remainder of the summer the Long brothers plan to stay with Butler and their high school team when the two don't conflict with each other.