Oak Hill paved the way for two of its basketball stars to play collegiate basketball for the Huntington Foresters. Today Caleb Middlesworth (sr) signed to play for coach Ty Platt in the upcoming season. Middlesworth will be joining his Oak Hill teammate Spencer Ballinger (sr), who committed to Huntington in early November.
Platt is very excited to have the two Golden Eagles join his team.
“It’s about finding the best fit and the best quality players you can, and we just so happened to get a couple of them already here from Oak Hill. While unique, we’ll take both of them. They’ve had a lot of success and I think that will translate into even more success during their college career,” Platt said.
Oak Hill’s coach, Kevin Renbarger, has enjoyed Middlesworth and Ballinger being a part of the program.
“You think of the things we have accomplished with this program and going all the way to the hall of fame classic and being a shot away from basically a state title you’ve got two kids who’ve been involved in that run all the way through. So, they’ve meant a significant part to Oak Hill and have also have some individual accolades as well,” Renbarger said.
Middlesworth is excited to have his teammate by his side in this next phase of his career.
“Really just come and make a big impact in the program they have at Huntington. Yeah definitely that high school to college transition can be kind of tricky at times but I think having Spencer there will definitely make it easier,” Middlesworth said.
Caleb Middlesworth’s father, Brett Middlesworth is pleased with his son’s decision.
“I think just him being able to go to a place that he’s really looking forward to and excited to play for and have a chance to maybe make an impact right away is the best part,” Brett Middlesworth said.
Spencer Ballinger is looking forward to next years as a Forester.
“I didn’t really get any looks until the beginning of junior year, so I was kind of getting worried a little bit and then it finally happened so that was pretty neat for me. I still don’t know coach Platt real well yet, but from what I’ve got to know him, I really like and what I really enjoy is he’s straight up with his players. He’ll tell you what you need to do, what you’re doing well so that’s what I really like about him so far,” Ballinger said.
Spencer’s parents, Doug and Brenda Ballinger, are very proud of all the hard work Spencer has put in.
“His game really took off in basketball after he grew several inches (between his freshman and sophomore year) and so now he has an outside shot and he’s got an inside game, defense becomes more important,” Doug Ballinger said.
“Spencer’s worked hard since he was very young with the aspiration of earning a college scholarship whether that going to be in baseball or basketball and it was very rewarding as a parent to see him be rewarded for all of his hard work,” Brenda Ballinger said.
Caleb Middlesworth and Spencer Ballinger will be back in action on Friday as Oak Hill plays Blackford in Converse.