Dayton, Ohio area point guard Gabe Cupps grew accustomed to high profile basketball a few years ago.
The class of 2023 prospect was teamed up with Lebron James’ son Bronny and Stew Robinson’s son Amire on the Blue Chips travel team that played in front of large crowds before the group was even in high school. Cupps gained national attention when he famously took on LeBron James in a 3-point shooting contest.
That early profile helped Cupps land on the IU radar when Archie Miller was the head coach, and the program has continued to make him an early priority in the class.
“They’re recruiting me hard,” Cupps told The Daily Hoosier at the Bill Hensley Run-N-Slam in Fort Wayne.
Indiana has had dialogue with Cupps for a while, but colleges have not been able to make direct contact to this point. Instead IU’s contact goes through his coaches. That changes on June 15, and we expect IU to be a school that will reach out early and continue the conversation.
Playing for his father, Cupps led Centerville High School to the 2021 Division I state championship, the school’s first ever title.
Cupps averaged 15.2 points, 4.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game while making 35 percent of his 3-pointers on 116 attempts and 82 percent of his free throws.
For AAU, Cupps plays up a year on Adidas sponsored Midwest Basketball Club based out of Ohio. He plays on that team with fellow Indiana 2023 prospect Reed Sheppard.
The 6-foot-2 Cupps is a highly skilled gym rat type who plays with a high IQ and a strong competitive spirit.
Indiana has not been heavily focused on the class of 2023 overall, and they have not offered Cupps to this point.
“They just want to see me keep competing, keep playing hard, and make sure I can get a little bit stronger to try to guard guys at that level,” Cupps said of IU’s current message to him.
Along with IU, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio State, Virginia, and Clemson are some of the other school involved, Cupps told The Daily Hoosier.
Cupps is No. 0 in white in the first video, and No. 2 in blue in the second, playing for Centerville and Midwest Basketball Club, respectively.
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