Gage Having Big Summer for Curie

WAUKEGAN, IL - Curie High School point guard Devin Gage recently picked up a scholarship offer from DePaul after a strong performance in June at the DePaul Team Camp, but the Class of 2016 guard has quickly become a priority recruit for the Blue Demons.

As the July live evaluation period opened on Wednesday night, Gage played in the Elite Academic Showcase in Waukegan and DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell was front-and-center for Gage's opening game.

Purnell being present for Gage's first game in July -- while also being the only high-major head coach in attendance -- was a major statement for the recruitment of Gage and the 6-foot-2 guard spoke with about his recent recruitment.

Gage claims scholarship offers from Bradley, DePaul, Hampton and UIC and also is receiving interest from Hofstra, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, IUPUI, Kansas, West Virginia and Xavier.

Although he's been in-touch with a number of programs, Gage said one school is recruiting him the hardest.

"DePaul. I'd say DePaul University [is recruiting me hardest]," Gage said on Wednesday night.

When asked about why he likes DePaul, Gage said that his connection with the coaching staff was strong. A recent visit to campus also made a positive impression on the young guard.

"I love DePaul, I liked the visit a lot," Gage said. "I talked to all of the coaches. I played real well in front of them and I'm really comfortable around all of those coaches [at DePaul]."

A strong showing at DePaul's Team Camp in June at Quest Athletics also helped Gage and DePaul's coaching staff form a stronger relationship. Since then, DePaul has been heavily recruiting the athletic lead guard.

"I think I played really well and I got feedback saying I played really well," Gage said of the Team Camp.

Throughout the summer, Gage has had to adjust to being one of Curie's main contributors. Although he started as a sophomore for the Condors last season, Gage was overshadowed by McDonald's All-American Cliff Alexander and shooting guard Joseph Stamps. Now, the onus is on Gage to step up for Mike Oliver's team along with Joseph's younger brother, Josh.

"I think I've played well this summer," Gage said. "What I'm trying to work on is being more of a point guard because I have to take a bigger role this season for my school team, so I have to be more of a leader. It's a big challenge and it's going to help me for the next level. It makes me work [harder]."

While the high school basketball season is still months away, Gage has to focus on the July live evaluation period. Gage will play with Team Rose and have a chance to play in front of college coaches for the 15-day period.

"It's really fun playing in front of these coaches. I have to show these coaches what I've got," Gage said.

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