Gabe Cupps knows his whole “I play for the love of the game” game comes across as a bit clichéd, but he’s less concerned about opinions and more concerned with winning.
He takes the same approach to his recruiting, not thinking about which schools watch which games and when, and instead focuses more on making his teammates better and improving all aspects of his game.
“That’s the only way I can play,” said Cupps.
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The tunnel vision approach served him well last weekend at the adidas 3SSB, where he played with the Midwest Basketball Club, Ohio. Cupps opened the event with a 27-point breakout and stayed constant throughout the weekend.
“You can’t get involved in all that stuff,” said Cupps. “It can really be a distraction if you let it. I just think if I come out and play as hard as I can, the offers will come. ”
So far, so good.
Cupps, an aspiring junior point guard, has received offers from Xavier, Miami-Ohio, College of Charleston, Clemson, Dayton, Kansas State, Indiana, Brown, Ohio State, and Cincinnati.
Cupps shares the back space at MBC with Reed Sheppard, the star of 2023, who took offers from Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio State over the weekend.
The two form one of the deadliest back rooms in the adidas 3SSB.
When asked if they talked about possibly taking their show to the next level, Cupps said, “Absolutely.”
“We talked a lot about it,” said Cupps, who averaged 16 points, five assists and three rebounds per game last season in Centerville, Dayton, Ohio. “It is something we would like to do, if that is possible, that fits right and where we believe that it is really the right place for us.”
Using June to get a feel for different campuses, Cupps visited Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Liberty, Virginia and Michigan.
He immediately learned not to consider facilities when setting up professionals for schools.
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“I saw right away that all of the facilities were great and top notch,” said Cupps. “The visits taught me to focus on people; if it’s a culture and people i want to have. I think my perfect fit would be a team that clears the ground, plays fast, guards, defends and just plays super, super hard. I like to win so I want to go where I can win. I just take time for everything. “