2020 five-star wing and consensus top-10 prospect Cade Cunningham cut his list down to ten this evening, and the Kentucky Wildcats made the cut.
In an Instagram post, the 6-foot-6 small forward out of Montverde, FL announced his final schools in contention are Duke, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
Here was the announcement:
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In terms of who might be among the favorites to land the versatile playmaker, Kentucky has long been seen as one of the top options, though Oklahoma State has been gaining serious momentum over the last few weeks.
After holding 100% of all Crystal Ball picks for Cunningham on 247 Sports for several months, UK’s lead has been surpassed by the Cowboys, who now hold 80% of all predictions.
In fact, recruiting guru Evan Daniels recently submitted a pick for Oklahoma State, as did his 247 Sports colleague Jerry Meyer.
Back at session one of the Nike EYBL circuit in Atlanta, Cunningham told KSR that while his recruitment was wide open, he would seriously consider Kentucky when it came time for a decision.
“They have produced a lot of NBA guards, and, you know, Coach Cal is a great coach,” he said. “They’re always going to compete for a national championship, which is what I want to do. They’re always going to have good players, so if I were to go to Kentucky, I know I’d have plenty of good players to play around me. That’s mainly what they’re pitching to me.”
In terms of what the UK coaching staff is telling Cunningham and why they are so interested in him, the consensus top-10 prospect said that they love his versatility and his leadership ability on the floor.
“They just tell me they love my demeanor, how I play different positions, how versatile I am,” he said. “And my leadership, mainly. They’re just telling me how much they love to coach kids like that.”
While the Cowboys are certainly picking up steam, we’re still nowhere near a decision for the 6-foot-6 small forward. In fact, Cunningham told KSR just a few weeks ago that the recruiting process for him is just beginning.
“I’m starting to be happy with [my recruitment], but haven’t thought about it too much yet,” he said. “I’m just not looking into my recruitment that hard right now. I love all the interest I’m getting from all the coaches, but after the season is when I’ll really look into it.”
John Calipari still has work to do, but he has more than enough time to get the job done.