Per the New England Recruiting Report, extremely exciting news as Gabe Levin, a 6-8 forward, from Chicago IL has committed to LMU today. Known as tough, hard worker who is very effective around the basket, Levin completed high school at Oak Park in Chicago (averaged 20 ppg 10 rpg), but choose to attend St. Thomas More in Oakdale, Connecticut for an extra year of prep school. St. Thomas More plays in the ultra competitive New England Preparatory School Athletic Council [NEPSAC]. The NEPSAC is saturated with D1 talent, and Levin was recently awarded first team all conference honors (Anthony Ireland also was first team NEPSAC during the 2010 season).
Levin originally committed to Hofstra University on 03/14/13, but reopened his recruitment when head coach Mo Cassara was not retained. As soon as Levin re-opened his recruitment, he had numerous schools expressing interest in him. Adam Zagoria (Zagsblog.com), stated the initial interest came from school such as Duquesne, Fordham, Illinois-Chicago, and Boston University. According to HoopsDreamMag, Levin also received interest from Drake and Georgia Washington. Most recently two high major schools, Duke and Michigan, were also said to have inquired about Levin. LMU certainly faced a lot of competition when recruiting Levin.
Reading an ESPN recruiting analyst of Levin provides a clear explanation of why so many schools were showing an interest in him. The ESPN analyst states toughness as Levin’s “calling card”. Additionally, it’s noted that he is able to absorb contact well, and has a high motor, which makes him very productive in transition. This highlight video shows that he is very athletic and can attack the rim, but can also step out and hit the 16-18 shot.
Levin visited LMU this past month, and today made his commitment to Coach Max Good and the Lions official. Levin’s physical strength and toughness will make him a huge asset to the Lions. Gabe,Patson,Evan and Nino make the LMU’s 2013 recruiting class one of the best in 20 years!
Congrats to Gabe, and welcome to the LMU family!
Editor notes- Dustin Brown, who also played at St. Thomas More played for the Lions from 2002-2005. Gabe’s brother Aaron plays at Grinnell College that runs the same up-tempo offense LMU ran under Paul Westhead.