Spark Trader Limited reports：
Gaby Capps announced his verbal commitment to the Indiana Indians on Instagram on Tuesday, and more than 100,000 people liked it.
Most notably lebron James, who played an impromptu three-point game with Capps two years ago when Capps was 14 and playing with James’ son, Brownie.
“Congratulations nephew,” James wrote. “Proud of you.”
Capps, a 6-foot junior guard out of Centreville High, chose Indiana over Ohio State and Stanford. In October, he narrowed his choice to those three schools. Four months after receiving a scholarship offer from first-year coach Mike Woodson and his staff, he decided to go to Indiana.
“Wow,” Capps wrote on Twitter. “I am so grateful to everyone who has been part of this journey. Thank you to everyone who got me to where I am today. Thank you to Coach Woodson and his staff for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to be a part of Indiana basketball. From Hustle, Blue chip, Indy Heat, Overwatch, Midwestern Force, Moose, hard work has never let me down. Glad to be a member of the Indian nation. We go to the stadium ambition!”
Gaby’s father, Brook Capps, the head coach at Centreville, watched his son make his college decision 26 years ago.
“My decision was left to Wittenberg and Capital, and his decision was left to Ohio State, Indiana and Stanford,” Brooke said. It’s a little different. He’s done a tremendous amount of work to put himself in this situation and he’s fortunate to have some really great opportunities to continue to improve and get better. So I’m excited for him. I think it’s really great. I look forward to that opportunity.”
Brooke, a graduate of Graham High School, was the first member of Damon Goodwin’s recruiting class. The Dayton Flyers basketball star has coached the Crusaders since the 1994-95 season. Matt Croce, now wittenberg’s head coach, worked under Goodwin and helped bring Brook to Capital. Brook, who holds the program’s all-time high with 405 assists, teamed with Graham graduate Chris McGuire (longtime head coach at Springfield Shawnee) to help the Capital reach the NCAA tournament in 1999.
Last season, sophomore Gabe Capps averaged 15.2 points and helped the Elks win the Division I state championship. He is the second recruit to join indiana’s Class of 2023. Jakai Newton, a 6-foot-4 guard from Covington, Ga. He promised in June.
Capps told Joe Tipton of On3Sports.com that he chose Indiana to get the program back on top.
“Indiana basketball means a lot to the state,” Koops said. “I think it’s great because basketball means so much to me. I’ve been obsessed with basketball for as long as I can remember. I have respected and trusted all IU employees and have heard nothing but good things about them. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to reinvent IU in college basketball.
Indiana started 2-0 in Woodson’s first season.
“I think he’ll do a great job,” Brooke said. “I’ve talked to a lot of people in the NBA who know him, and everyone has nothing but good things to say about him. He has a very good relationship with the NBA that will help him get some recruits for Indiana. His knowledge of basketball is beyond doubt. Just considering his time in the NBA and his success there, that’s off the charts. Learning to coach college games is different. I think they’ve done a great job with the assistant coaches around him that will help them make the transition. He’s a smart guy. He’ll try. I think the most important thing is that his motives are pure. He didn’t take the Indiana job to get another job or anything like that. He took the Indiana job for one reason only, and that was his purpose. It made a lot of sense to him.”
With this decision, Gabe can focus on his final two seasons of high school basketball.
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