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Evan Daniels Goes In-Depth on Cade Cunningham’s Recruitment


College basketball is almost here, but just as important, college basketball’s Early Signing Period begins in a few weeks as well. It opens on November 13th, marking the first day BJ Boston, Terrence Clarke, Lance Ware and Cam’Ron Fletcher can put pen to paper, and officially become members of the 2020-2021 Kentucky Wildcats.

However, even as John Calipari locks up another elite recruiting class, there is still (at least) one big fish that they’d like to add for next season. That player is of course Cade Cunningham, the No. 2 prospect in America. Cunningham has long been rumored to be headed to Oklahoma State (where his older brother coaches), but recent buzz has some saying that Cunningham will end up in Lexington.

That buzz went into overdrive a few weeks ago, when 247 Sports recruiting guru Evan Daniels put in a “crystal ball” pick for Cunningham to head to Kentucky. Daniels has been correct in 52 out of 52 crystal ball predictions in the 2020 recruiting cycle alone, so that prediction carried quite a bit of weight in the recruiting world.

So what has Daniels convinced that Cunningham will end up Lexington? He joined KSR’s “Aaron Torres Sports Podcast” to discuss Cunningham, his crystal ball pick, the timeline for Cunningham’s decision and much, much more.

Here is part of what Daniels said on the subject:

“Obviously because his brother is an assistant coach at Oklahoma State, my crystal ball pick [for Kentucky] made some waves. I think people were a little surprised by it. I still stand by my information. I think Kentucky heading down the stretch is the leader for Cade Cunningham.

Does that mean he 100 percent ends up there? No. There’s obviously a draw to Oklahoma State. Cade hasn’t told other schools no. But it’s certainly an intriguing recruitment. I think Kentucky is the leader, which is why I put in a crystal ball for Kentucky and Cade Cunningham.”

From there, Torres and Daniels turned their attention to how the relationship between Cunningham and Kentucky has evolved in recent months.

It’s something that our own Jack Pilgrim has written about, but is worth repeating here. John Calipari has made Cunningham a priority.

And Cunningham has reciprocated his interest with Kentucky as well.

“I think it’s clear that Kentucky has targeted him,” Daniels said. “He’s spent a lot of time with him, he’s been down to see him down at Montverde a number of times, including the first day when college coaches could see recruits.

And I think that’s where things started changing back then when Calipari went down and met with him. It’s certainly been an interesting recruitment… Like I said, I don’t think we’re not too far away from seeing him make his choice.”

Daniels and Torres went on to discuss more about Cunningham, the type of player he is and how he could fit on a college campus.

So, what is the next step for Cunningham? As Daniels noted, Cunningham is expected to make a college decision soon. His official visits are done, and the plan has always been for him to sign in the early signing period, which begins on November 13th, so expect a choice in the not too distant future.

Now, will it be Kentucky? We will find out soon.

To listen to Torres and Daniels discuss more on Cade Cunningham, and other recruiting topics, such as whether Kentucky will end up with the No. 1 class in the country, please download the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast here.

And for more Kentucky recruiting talk, download the “Sources Say” Podcast with Jack Pilgrim.

Article written by Aaron Torres

Aaron Torres is covering football and basketball for KSR this season after four years at Fox Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Aaron_Torres, Facebook or e-mail at [email protected] He is also the author of the only book written on the Calipari era, “One and Fun: A Behind the Scenes Look at John Calipari and the 2010 Kentucky Wildcats.”

30 responses to “Evan Daniels Goes In-Depth on Cade Cunningham’s Recruitment”

  1. bgoad72

    Take us from good/really good to great. Chance for brown or others to follow suit. Really want Cade in BLUE next year!

  2. BigBertha

    The suspense is crazy. Just like old times.

    1. BobbyBlue

      With Askew in the wings and available to reclassify it takes some of the suspense away for me.

  3. CrystalBall

    Don’t think he commits to UK unless he doesn’t reclassify. If he reclassifies he goes to Okla St.

    1. Cokely53

      What’re you talking about?

    2. CrystalBall

      If he reclassifies he goes to Okla St. If not, UK has a better chance. Have heard that he may have already secretly committed to Okla St

    3. nocode96

      Dude, he’s already a 2020, lol. TF you mean if he reclassifies? He’s gonna come this year? Or postpone until 2021?

    4. WKY Cat

      Isn’t he a senior?

    5. CatsNationBBN

      he can’t reclassify bruh

    6. 4everUKBlue

      From who?

    7. 4everUKBlue

      Yean isn’t he a senior?

    8. Bluehender

      I don’t know but I’m pretty sure Cunningham is in next year’s class. He wouldn’t reclassify…

    9. 4everUKBlue

      You’re right Bluehender, I did a search to make sure and he is in the class of 2020.

    10. 4everUKBlue

      Crystal Ball had me second guessing myself….lol

    11. mashman 93

      Are you getting Cunningham and Askew confused? Cade is 2020 no matter what. Devin has the option to reclassify.

  4. TomKat9698

    I think he’s talking about Askew.

    1. nocode96

      No, he’s talking about Cade. We already have Askew, nor was OK State a possibility for Askew. He’s either a troll, or some big idiot who wants us to think he knows someone. Spoiler Alert…he doesn’t. In a forum full of virginiacat and mashbum nonsense and perpetual stupidity, that dude just took home the cake for dumbest statement of the day. Can’t wait to see him try and defend this.

  5. Youngcat25

    Reclassify where?

  6. nocode96

    I’m not gonna take your crystal ball secrets you’ve “heard” when you don’t even have a clue what class the kid us in.

    1. 4everUKBlue

      Lol!

    2. nocode96

      *is ^^^

    3. mashman 93

      Crystal ball has no information and as much as Cade has been talked about doesn’t know what class he’s in? Come on man!!!

  7. CrystalBall

    lol. Just checking to see if anyone was paying attention.

    1. nocode96

      No you weren’t. You got caught being an idiot.

    2. Nickerbocker05

      Yea I bet…

    3. ukisdabest

      you dug yourself in a hole

    4. catsarerunnin

      Are you Looother’s boyfriend??

    5. Tom Bombadil

      CrystallBall…. it’s obvious you’re a goof trying to sound smart. You combined the different aspects of Cunningham and Askews recruitment. Sometimes it’s better to keep your mouth closed and remove all doubt that you’re an idiot… rather than open it and prove that you are a big douche! Hahahahaaaahhhaaaa!

  8. EastKY-BlueBlood

    Idk, maybe crystal ball has a point.. Cal should push for reclassification, see if Sandy Bell, Mitch, and powers at be can have him eligible for Sunday’s 5pm TIP!!!! JK LOL ?

  9. CrystalBall

    True story. MM is leaving hoops team to be replaced by Jimmy Dykes. Who will eventually replace Cal when he retires. Anyone else heard this story?