As of Wednesday, that tandem can continue as Galuppo tweeted his commitment to play basketball at Weber State, the program with which Jordan already signed.
Galuppo is a 6-foot-5 wing player from the Los Angeles area rated as a 3-star prospect by 247Sports and his commitment appears to complete Weber State’s 2019 signing class. He’ll join guards Jordan and KJ Cunningham as next season’s incoming freshmen.
Galuppo and Jordan each attend Scotland Campus in Pennsylvania, a post-high school prep academy. Galuppo chose Weber State over Cal Poly, San Jose State, Bryant and Southern Utah. Jordan committed to WSU last October.
“The fact that Judah’s going there, we’re super close ... he’s a point guard and we play super well together out here. That was a really big part,” Galuppo said about his decision to commit. “And, (Randy) Rahe is the type of coach I’d really want to play for.”
Scotland Campus is currently 16-0 and ranked No. 3 nationally for post-grad prep schools, according to PrepCircuit.com.
Galuppo’s path to Weber State is similar to Caleb Nero‘s. He said he liked his offer from Cal Poly as a junior in high school but waited to commit because he felt he hadn’t yet proven his full potential on the basketball court. When it came time, Cal Poly signed a junior-college player instead and Galuppo didn’t have a place to play in Division I.
Prep schools like Scotland Campus allow players to extend their recruiting period and not use college eligibility like they would by signing to a junior college. Galuppo went that route and it eventually led him to reconnect with WSU assistant David Marek, who had seen him play in California.
Galuppo had a reputation as a knockdown shooter at about 40 percent from the 3-point line in high school, which is what drew the Wildcats’ interest. Once they learned he hit the weight room, put on 25 pounds and was playing efficiently, they were sold.
“When he called me to offer me last month, he said ‘I would’ve offered you sooner but we didn’t have any scholarships available,’” Galuppo said. When Spencer Johnson left WSU in mid-December, Galuppo’s door to Ogden opened.
He visited Weber State’s campus the weekend of the Jan. 5 home game against Southern Utah.
“The arena was pretty filled up for that, and I love playing in front of crowds and having a big atmosphere,” Galuppo said.
Consistent with the way others recently described their recruitment by WSU, Galuppo said he felt like part of the team during his visit and that Rahe expects him to be ready to play right away, though a spot in the rotation won’t be guaranteed.
Galuppo said he’s interested in studying kinesiology or broadcast journalism at the school.
“And the way Coach Rahe coaches and the style of basketball they play, I fell in love with everything about it,” he said.