Coach Woodson lands his second commit for the class of 2023 with the announcement of 4-star PG Gabe Cupps to Indiana. He selected Indiana over his instate school Ohio State and Stanford of the Pac-12. Gabe will be joining Jakai Newton for the class of 2023 at Indiana.
Gabe is a 6-foot-2, 165 pound point guard out of Dayton, Ohio’s Centerville High School. He was able to lead Centerville High School to its first state title in 2021 where he and his team beat Logan Duncomb‘s school (Moeller) in the process. Cupps averaged 15.2 points per game while shooting 35% from three. He also hit 82% of his free throws.
He is the No. 131 player nationally and the No. 20 point guard in the class of 2023 per 247Composite. With his commitment, Indiana now holds the top spot in the class of 2023’s recruiting per 247. He recently visited Indiana on last Friday to see the Hoosiers take down Northern Illinois.
During his most recent visit, he was impressed by the way Woodson and Rosemond coached the game. Per 247, he also commented on how crazy the atmosphere was saying “It was crazy, all the fans there. Seeing some of the older people getting into the game, standing up, throwing their fist. That was really cool to see. You could tell their love for IU was pure.”
In addition to Indiana, Stanford, and Ohio State, he held offers from Michigan, Virginia Tech, Xavier, Miami (OH), and Kansas State. He had official visits to Indiana, Ohio State, and Stanford last month.
The addition of Gabe and CG Jakai Newton may give us a glimpse as to what the future of the Indiana back court will be in a few years. In addition, it shows the priority held by Mike Woodson and the rest of the coaching staff on recruiting accurate shooters that are aggressive players with big play potential. Because of this, Indiana has been in constant contact with Gabe and showed that he would have a big role for the team.
Gabe even got a shout out from one of the biggest players in NBA history as LeBron James added to his Instagram story to congratulate Gabe on his commitment. The connection is from when LeBron James and James’ son, Bronny James played together in AAU ball when LeBron lived in Ohio. Gabe and LeBron even took part in a three-point contest which LeBron won in a video on Instagram.