The No. 2 prospect in the class of 2020 cut his list down to five schools this evening, and the Kentucky Wildcats were included.
Cade Cunningham, a five-star guard out of Arlington, TX, announced a final list including Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Florida, North Carolina, and Washington.
Cade Cunningham cuts his list down to 5 schools!
— Texas BasketballNews (@TexasBBallNews) August 1, 2019
Back in June, Oklahoma State hired Cannen Cunningham, Cade’s brother, to their coaching staff, opening the floodgates on the five-star guard’s Crystal Ball on 247Sports in favor of the Cowboys.
Now, OSU has received all 16 predictions for Cunningham, including picks from recruiting gurus Evan Daniels, Andrew Slater, and Jerry Meyer, among others.
Since the hiring, the 6-foot-6 combo guard told Daniels that all the pro-Cowboy rumblings were false and that his recruitment was still “very open.”
“I don’t think it does [matter to me], very much,” Cunningham said. “I’m still very open to everybody. A lot of people feel like I’m going to announce my commitment soon or something, and that’s not the case. Obviously, I wanted my brother to take the job, it’s an incredible opportunity for him.”
Outside of Oklahoma State, Kentucky has always been rumored to be one of Cunningham’s top schools. And at the Pangos All-American Camp this summer, he confirmed as much to KSR.
“[Kentucky] is the first team I remember [growing up],” Cunningham told KSR at the Pangos All-American Camp this summer. “Coach Cal is great. It’s hard not to take a look at that track record and take them seriously.”
After cutting his list tonight, the five-star prospect also told Corey Evans of Rivals.com that he appreciates Kentucky’s status as an established blue blood.
“That is a big, prestigious school,” he said. “They put out a ton of top pros and they win.”
In an interview with Jason Jordan of USA Today, the Arlington, TX native said that he wants coaches to still reach out to him and appreciates the relationships he continues to build with some of the other schools on his list.
“The schools that have stayed solid with me have been great because our relationship has really grown,” Cade said. “I’m not gonna ask any schools to stay in touch. That’s on them. I’m happy for my brother, and he’ll be happy for me no matter what I do. That’s all that matters.”
In terms of a timetable on a decision, the five-star prospect told Corey Evans tonight that he’s ready to get things rolling sooner rather than later, with a decision coming by the early signing period.
“I want to sign by the early signing period,” he said. “I want to be done with it by then and take all of my visits before then,” he stated. “No visits are lined up yet. I am going to talk to my five schools and figure it out.”
On Kentucky’s end of things, sources tell KSR that the coaching staff has remained in contact and will continue to monitor Cunningham’s situation, but they feel that the Oklahoma State talk is legitimate and realize there is definitely a hill to climb in his recruitment. An offer is still on the table for the 6-foot-6 guard, but it’s no secret among other schools on his final list that the Cowboys still sit at the very top.