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BREAKING: Cade Cunningham commits to Oklahoma State

(Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports)

2020 five-star guard Cade Cunningham has committed to Oklahoma State.

This evening, the nation’s No. 2 prospect chose the Cowboys over offers from Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida, and Washington.

The five-star prospect announced his commitment on his social media pages.

“It has been a long journey,” he said. “I remember dreaming about what school I would go to, being on the big stage with the lights on me, doing what I love to do. It was tough for me to believe I could live out those dreams, but I guess that just shows how God works. From being in the YMCA with a big head, trying my best to score without double dribbling. To playing against the top players in the country and around the world. This process was stressful for me. When my brother took a job at Oklahoma State, most people assumed my decision had been made for me. But my family encouraged me to explore my options and make my own decision based on what’s best for me.

“I thank God for blessing me with this opportunity and those close to me for their love and support during this journey,” Cunningham continued. “I loved all the schools I visited, and I appreciate each program for investing their time and energy into me. To be honest, I was this close to picking a different school, but blood is always thicker than water. Go Pokes.

Cunningham joins 2020 four-star guard and top-100 prospect Rondel Walker, his AAU teammate and close friend, as the lone commitments in Oklahoma State’s recruiting class.

Meanwhile, John Calipari will push for Kentucky commit Devin Askew – the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2021 – to reclassify to 2020 and lead the Wildcats alongside five-star guards Terrence Clarke and BJ Boston in the backcourt next season.

As for the frontcourt, that’s where things get interesting, as Cunningham’s commitment would have been massive for Kentucky’s chances with 2020 top-ten prospect Greg Brown, his AAU teammate. UK will still push for a commitment from the 6-foot-9 forward out of Austin, TX, with five-star forward Isaiah Jackson – who is set to commit on November 16 – and four-star center Cliff Omoruyi seen as the other likely options.

Clarke and Boston, along with four-star forwards Lance Ware and Cam’Ron Fletcher, make up Kentucky’s current 2020 recruiting class, which sits at No. 2 in the nation behind Duke.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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96 responses to “BREAKING: Cade Cunningham commits to Oklahoma State”

  1. bigbluejon

    What if the brother gets fired….

    1. 4everUKBlue

      His brother is safe for one season…

    2. mashburnfan1

      Exactly 4ever, he is only there one year and it matters little where he plays or how far they go in the tourney. He was one and done and a top 5 pick this year if he was allowed to go to the NBA now.

    3. 4everUKBlue

      mashbum can you not tell the truth? You must enjoy lying.

  2. dcarlinf1


  3. chris43

    So basically just a tease…kinda figured. What a waste of time.

    1. wildcat2012

      That’s why I’d be upset if I was Cal. Cade ended up wasting everyone’s time and lying about “don’t stop recruiting me just because my brother was hired at OK State”.

  4. eyebleedblue

    Hate to see it

  5. tncatrn

    Bet Cal is HOT…would have loved to have had him….NEXT!!

  6. bcat

    They paid him.

    1. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots

      Paid his brother

    2. mashburnfan1

      Cal has done the same thing but I guess that was ok right. Many Schools have done this, hire a family member or aau coach to get recruits. Been happening for years as recruiting has always been, and will always be, a very dirty business.

    3. catsarerunnin

      You’re really dumb doucheburn.

    4. 4everUKBlue

      mashbum, there you go again lying out your ass. Show some proof Cal paid anyone or STFU!

    5. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

      Not dirtier than your mom’s mashbum. Tell her to put down the liquor, kick the unnamed men out of your house, and finally let you come out of the cage in the basement and go for a walk in the fresh air. I use the term fresh liberally because every house in a 10 mile radius has a meth lab in it including the one your leather clad handler has in the basement where you currently reside.

    6. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

      Wait is Mashburn your safe word?

    7. Dark Soul

      Why do people say good luck to him when he clearly played us? Hell I hope he is the biggest bust in history.

    8. CATandMONKEY

      How is it, Mash, that you can be so reasonable and knowledgeable regarding football yet be so incredibly wrong and douchey simply because Cal obviously took your girl at some point in the past?

      Only such a personal disrespect is worthy of the nonsense you spill on all UK Bball threads.

      Hate Cal, fine. The program has been better …Once…and it took 30 years for that coach.

  7. BigBlue4EverUK

    Great pickup for them, the kid is nice!

  8. Strive49

    R u freaking kidding me?? This kid was never gonna go away from his brother!!!!

  9. ukbradstith

    Hard to compete against family. Almost never works in your favor.

  10. Shain81

    Best of luck to the young man, but not much of a chance at a final four run there at ok state.

  11. bradyg2

    And that’s “this close” was likely Kentucky ??

  12. tncatrn

    Just watched the video…so it came down to nothing more than family…man that sux for him and us…he will play on tv NEVER and we are still without a PG unless Askew reclasses

    1. ukbradstith

      Quickly should still be here.

    2. timwarren

      Do you really think we should listen to you after you and Travis Graf (the guy that sounds like he had a diick down his throat and can’t even talk but yet he’s on a podcast) said Cade was coming for weeks now???? Really? Let me guess, you never said he was coming to Ky! Let me guess, recruiting is fluid! Let me guess, their camp went silent or dark! There are no experts! You guys aren’t experts! Clowns! At least you enunciate and we can understand you on the podcast, Travis Graf needs to stick to his day job as an electrician where he doesn’t have to speak. That way He can stutter and start over and talk with a coock down his throat all day long! Listen, the next time you think you know something, do us a favor and say you don’t know because guess what, you don’t know. Pathetic!

    3. tncatrn

      Cool. Appreciate the weigh in Jack. I agree I think Askew reclasses. Biggest loss may be in the front court…with Jackson going to Bama looks like, Brown was a real possibility for us with a Cade commit…front court ramifications may be bigger than the back court ones

  13. UKinIN

    Ah well. Next!

  14. Kojohnson

    Playing Kansas twice a year and the nit is the biggest stage

  15. Bruce Dickinson

    Blood is thicker than water.

  16. UKinMKY

    Hope he likes the NIT!

  17. Headhurts

    Good luck!

  18. TOMCATS1990

    That sucks GO BIG BLUE

  19. VirginiaCat

    Cal put his resources, time, and prestige on the line with this one. Huge miss given the effort expended on this one recruit.

    1. catsarerunnin

      You’ll live.

  20. nocode96

    Cue the “screw him”, “we didn’t want him here anyways”, and “cal sucks” crowd.

    1. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

      Mashbum and the crowd of Cal haters that live in his head are already here.

  21. BlueBanker18

    Ugh. Top two recruits in 2020 off the table because a family member got “hired” by the school. I see what you’re doing there, USC and OK St.

    1. mashburnfan1

      Yep same thing many many Schools have doe for years, in fact Cal has done it. Not always a family member as sometimes they will hire an aau coach as well. This is nothing new, you are clueless.

    2. catsarerunnin

      Doucheburn is really dumb.

    3. 4everUKBlue

      mashbum you’re the clueless one. Stop lying and bring forth the proof that only you have that Cal has cheated or paid anyone. You are such a lying sociopath.

    4. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

      Hush 4ever there’s thousands who know about this. Of course the problem is that legion of haters all live in Mashbum’s head.

    5. 4everUKBlue

      Well there is definitely plenty of room in his head for all the haters cause their ain’t nothing else in there.

    6. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

      His heads so small only his winky would fit in it. Not air, not an atom, just his winky.

  22. HarryA

    Good for him if that’s what he wants to do. But it doesn’t make sense why he would talk about how much me wants to capitalize on his one year in college by winning a championship but goes somewhere that will probably make it to the second weekend at best in the tourney.

  23. Dark Soul

    They played Cal. Karma is a beast

  24. UKBaker24

    Oh well it was fun following the recruitment either way.. still gonna have the best backcourt in the country with Askew, Clark, and Boston. Now let’s beat these Spartans tonight!

  25. BBNnCLE

    He’ll ball out, miss the tournament and Boynton (and his brother) will get fired. Congrats kid, I guess. We’ll be fine.

  26. YeahIsaidIT12

    See this is what gets me, Cal pulled out from further recruiting Jaygup and Jalen Green… whyyyy?? To get Cade smh Jaygup would’ve come to UK and I think he gonna be a problem next year at the collegiate level

  27. YeahIsaidIT12

    Time to put the full court press on Greg Brown! And hope like hell Isaiah Jackson’s mind is made up to go to Kentucky

  28. Bluebloodtoo

    Good luck, sir. Hope it works out for you.

  29. a21CATSfan

    Thanks for getting our hopes up in the most ridiculous manner possible again. Can you just let a kid play out the process and make their own announcement anymore? Or, does every recruit that shows interest deserve commitment-watch level exposure? Paolo Banchero is most likely gone, Isaiah Jackson is leaning towards Alabama and Cliff Omoruyi is probably feeling left out in the cold again like Tshiebwe, Igiehon, Traynor, etc. You still wonder who the “silent commitment” is? CATS

  30. mashman 93

    We’re fine folks. Devin Askew will reclass so now we can focus on big men. Good luck to the kid and as most of us know it’s hard to say no to family. GO BIG BLUE!!!!

  31. mashman 93

    Looks like Evan Daniels missed on this one.

    1. mashburnfan1

      and most others. I think all but 1 switched their predictions which, like rankings, are 100% worthless.

    2. 4everUKBlue

      Just line anything you say is worthless, you have zero credibility.

  32. runningunnin.454

    Welcome to Obscurity, OK; another Trae Young, losing in ncaa game one to Rhode Island.

  33. BBN4LIFE03

    Good luck “winning” at Oklahoma state

  34. RoarFor22

    Cal needs to call Josh Christopher first thing tomorrow. He clearly wanted to come to Kentucky but UK parted ways after getting Terrance Clarke. Christopher has improved as much as anyone in the past year and would certainly fit with Clarke, Boston, Askew, etc.

  35. TomKat9698

    Hate it, but not going to fret over it. Good luck to him. GBB

  36. UKfanman01

    Congrats kid. Can anyone say Zimmerman or that kid that effed himself by going to Miss St? With this kid they’re still ranked 20 rofl. Great choice for a “winning” program

  37. runningunnin.454

    Now for business at hand; trying to figure out how Dook and Kansa$$ can both lose this first game. And, what is with Dook wearing OUR BLUE?

  38. ColoradoCatFan88

    We have plenty of guards for next season. Front court guys are what we will desperately need

  39. dave1964

    I called this three weeks ago and got called a troll. Anyone with half a brain could have made this pick.

    1. mashburnfan1

      I guess someone with half a brain did make this pick. Congrats.

    2. Blue Bill

      At least he has half a brain, unlike your dumb ass.

    3. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

      Hey Mashy you at least have to give him credit for having part of a brain which is a 100% step up from your entire gene pool.

  40. TonyMontana

    Maxey, Hagans and Quickley will be back next year. Crazy I know, but hell Cassius is in his 4th year at MSU. Could you imagine?!

  41. Newtype

    Lol how pathetic. Dude has to ride his little brothers coattails to make it in this world and little brother is too stupid to realize it. You hate to see it.

  42. Plicknog33

    Waste of time and resources was the epitome of a game player and ‘hat on a table’. Smh guess playing with great players and competing for a NT was just smoke. Oh well still gonna have the best class without him and askew when he recclasses

  43. WKY Cat


  44. BCO


  45. Plicknog33

    Cal once again got played. Went against his own ‘new recruiting slogan’ and got played. Old Roy saw the writing on the wall and got out and signed 2 five star guards. Once again beaten by ‘legal shady recruitment tactics’… i.e. renting his brother for a year. Smh. Will Cal ever learn? I’m never critical of Cal but, this time I’m all in on being critical of Calipari wasting all his energy on another game playing kid that had zero intent on coming to UK because the $$$ was already in the bag when they hired his brother and the rest was smoke. A missed opportunity due to the rules in recruiting being abused and bent. When does the NCAA prohibit players playing for recent family hires? If we miss on Jackson who we need desperately in the FC you can blame the wasted time spent on Cade and his Circus. Ready to be done with OAD era. Never thought I’d say something Mashburn says. Lol

    1. ukbradstith

      OAD doesn’t have anything to do with it, in fact then a kid you’ve been on for a couple years might go pro…so it makes losing recruits worse.

  46. livingood4UK

    Hat on the table…everyone had to know this kid was gonna commit to Oklahoma st. Cal is probably regretting time spent with this one looking back. Should’ve put his eggs in the frontcourt basket instead of this one! Lost cause from jump

    1. ukbradstith

      That’s not true at all. The kid didn’t even know. He was this close to picking another school, UK I’m sure. But in the end the family aspect was too much. Cal has done the same thing, to get DeJaun Wagner, just the way it is.

  47. Blue Bill

    That’s alright… when Oklahoma sucks and we’re winning it all he’ll wish he had that spotlight.

  48. UKFanSC

    Bridesmaid again

  49. TimLH

    This was a no brained. He only said this to throw everyone off. The NCAA should immediately begin a investigation into this.

  50. Han

    Rarely do you see a recruit outright admit he picked a school because they hired a family member. “Blood is always thicker than water.”

  51. JT55

    Who cares, need big guys or else next years team will look like this years

  52. TomKat9698

    I betcha his brother just got a raise!!!

    1. CATandMONKEY

      Hopefully he got guaranteed $$$ up front because his contract is up after the first weekend of the 2021 NCAA tournament.

  53. devotedsoles528

    Big swing and big ol’ miss. The time and effort Cal and co put into Cade; essentially pushing jalen green and Josh Christopher away b/c you were all in on Cunningham…scenario is all too familiar. Sucks but who cares? We are all gonna love our cats when they hit the hardwood so quit your bitchin. Go Cats!

  54. MP3

    So he says not only does he wanna be an NBA player but also be a max contract player. Then picks OK state SMH

  55. Ned T.

    I am not sure how my life can go forward after this devastating news. I will ask the Hefty Lefty for nutrients and strength.

  56. makeitstop

    He’ll score a lot in relative obscurity and play against insurance salesmen and future PE coaches in practice so he’s as good now as he will be when he gets drafted, and flounders bc he’s never seen anything like it. But hey, it’s blood. Costs u a few million in the end but who cares?

    1. makeitstop

      Oh and if the coach gets fired guess where he will end up?

  57. timwarren

    Jack Pilgrim, Travis Graf, and Davis Sisk are clowns and jokes. You are no experts. Let me guess, recruiting is fluid/kids change their minds. You need to go back and listen to your last few podcasts, you all 3 almost guaranteed Cade to Ky. Fake news! Just wanting listeners and click bait! And Travis Graf needs to quit, you can’t even speak. It sounds like you have a penis down your throat!

    1. Ned T.

      Well, that was a bit rude. You are one courageous man with a keyboard and VPN.

  58. CPACAT

    Wonder what it feels like to commit to (the other) OSU in basketball; then watch the team you spurned on ESPN prime time in MSG win a #1 v. #2 game…

    Oh well, Stillwater is one of the nicest towns in North-Central Oklahoma.

  59. Kojohnson

    We are good. Looking at the subpar classes of others. Askew, Boston, Clarke, Dontaie, possibly Juzang will be great. I wish we went after Nix though. Let’s get Cliff, Jackson, Brown possibly Kuminga

  60. notFromhere

    Haven’t we seen kids who’d “like to play together on the next level” and “package deal(s)” go to different programs in the end? It’s not like it isn’t possible.

    If Brown wanted to play with the kid, and vice versa, the decision would be what’s ultimately best for BOTH players. This move is good for Cunningham but no way it’s as good of a deal for Brown, unless Cade’s brother is gonna spread the wealth around. (Not likely)