Dayton, Ohio playmaker Gabe Cupps got used to high performance basketball a few years ago.
The 2023 class teamed up with Lebron James’ son, Bronny, and Stew Robinson’s son, Amire, on the Blue Chips Travel Team which performed in front of a large crowd even before the group was in high school. Cupps gained national attention when he took on LeBron James in a 3 point shooting competition.
This first profile helped Cupps land on the IU radar when Archie Miller was the head coach, and the program continued to make him an early priority in the class.
“They recruit me hard,” Cupps told the Daily Hoosier during the Bill Hensley Run-N-Slam in Fort Wayne.
Indiana has had a dialogue with Cupps for some time, but the colleges have not been able to make direct contact at this point. Instead, IU’s contact goes through his trainers. That changes on June 15, and we expect IU to be a school that will contact us early and keep the conversation going.
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% of his 3 points on 116 attempts and 82% of his free throws.
For AAU, Cupps plays a year at the Ohio-based Adidas-sponsored Midwest Basketball Club. He plays on this team with fellow Indiana 2023, Reed Sheppard.
The 6ft 2in Cupps is a highly skilled type of gym rat that plays with a high IQ and a strong competitive spirit.
Indiana hasn’t focused heavily on the Class of 2023 as a whole and hasn’t offered Cupps until now.
“They just want to see me keep competing, keep playing hard, and make sure I can get a little bit stronger to try and keep the guys at this level,” Cupps said of IU’s current post.
Along with IU, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio state, Virginia and Clemson are among the other schools involved, Cupps told the Daily Hoosier.
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Cupps is # 0 in white in the first video and # 2 in blue in the second, playing for Centerville and Midwest Basketball Club respectively.
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