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2020 five-star guard Cade Cunningham cuts list to five, includes Kentucky

(Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports)

(Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports)

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.

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 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.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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9 Comments for 2020 five-star guard Cade Cunningham cuts list to five, includes Kentucky

  1. UKLugo
    7:56 pm August 1, 2019 Permalink

    Top of my wishlist.

    • Ridge Runner
      10:26 pm August 1, 2019 Permalink

      Mine as well.

  2. mashman 93
    8:04 pm August 1, 2019 Permalink

    Don’t waste your time Cal.

    • Jack Pilgrim
      8:05 pm August 1, 2019 Permalink

      Probably want to keep dialogue going in case NCAA comes down on Oklahoma State following the FBI scandal.

    • mashman 93
      9:08 pm August 1, 2019 Permalink

      Forgot about that Jack.

  3. StuckinLville
    8:16 pm August 1, 2019 Permalink

    Anyone else love the fact he cut Kansas and Duke? Looks like tides are shifting. Players in this class that were expected to go to Duke didnt and they are getting cut this class. Kids are paying attention to development and there’s no denying who is the best.

    • catsfan25
      9:29 pm August 1, 2019 Permalink

      Definitely love that. The jury is still out on Zion Williamson/Barrett/Reddish, but there’s no denying Duke’s development of talent is no where close to UK’s. I mean the best current Duke players in the NBA right now is JJ Reddick and Jayson Tatum compared to the likes of AD, KAT, John Wall etc. for UK and it’s about time recruits start realizing it

    • Ez21
      8:20 am August 2, 2019 Permalink

      I think your forgetting about Kyrie Irving.

    9:01 pm August 1, 2019 Permalink

    @UKLugo agree. As Matt mention on the show several times if UK wants to get the top players for each class again, we have to lock down players like Cade Cunningham. He has the potential to be in the AD,Wall,Townes,Cousins Tier, and is up there in the Fox Murray WCS tier under the top. But my gut is telling me it’ll be hard to pry him away from his brothers grip at OSU. But I’m not counting us all the way out with CAL!!! Go Cats let’s get him