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Cade Cunningham says brother’s hiring at Oklahoma State won’t affect recruitment

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Last week, the recruitment of 2020 five-star guard Cade Cunningham was considered over before it really began when Oklahoma State hired his brother, Cannen, to their coaching staff.

Today, however, the 6-foot-7 prospect told Evan Daniels of 247Sports that while he’s happy for his brother and believes it’s a great opportunity for him, he’s still “very open to everybody.”

“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.”

In his eyes, while Oklahoma State remains a solid option for him when the time comes for a decision, Cunningham says it’d be a mistake for other schools to stop recruiting him based off this news alone.

“I still like Oklahoma State, obviously that’s a big factor in my recruitment, but if a school wants to stop recruiting me because of it, that’s their problem,” he said. “I’m still open, and I’m not choosing anybody right now.”

In terms of other schools of interest for the No. 3 prospect in the class of 2020, Cunningham says Kentucky – among other schools – is still contacting him on a consistent basis.

“Pretty much all of them in the top ten, North Carolina has been really, really consistent, they’ve been really big on me,” he told Daniels. “Duke, Kentucky, Texas, Florida, those schools have been really big on me, for sure, and the head coaches have been contacting me a lot.”

Cunningham added that he’s in no rush to make a decision, but said he certainly won’t wait until the late signing period.

This means we’re five months away – at most – from an announcement for the elite prospect.

“No, not in a hurry,” he said. “I don’t want to wait until the last signing period. I feel like that doesn’t really make any sense. I’d want to commit as early as possible and then recruit other guys to come to the school that I’m at. When I know I’ll go, I don’t want to waste anybody’s time. A lot of people already know where they’re going.”

Back in May, the five-star guard trimmed his list down to ten, with Duke, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Texas, Virginia, and Washington making the cut.

While he has said on multiple occasions that all of the schools on his list are on equal grounds, most assumed before news of his brother’s hiring that Cunningham’s decision would come down to the Wildcats and the Cowboys.

Now, it’d be silly to think that the latter school isn’t the favorite at this point.

The five-star guard says Kentucky is still coming at him hard, but it’s pretty evident that John Calipari certainly has his work cut out for him in the coming months.



Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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16 Comments for Cade Cunningham says brother’s hiring at Oklahoma State won’t affect recruitment

  1. Dairy Queen All American
    8:09 pm July 1, 2019 Permalink

    He’s going to OSU. Ignore the lip service and spin coming from him and his camp.

    • mashman 93
      8:19 pm July 1, 2019 Permalink

      Spot on DQ.

    • TonyMontana
      10:00 pm July 1, 2019 Permalink

      Let’s not forget that in 2017 Tyrone Maxey was hired by SMU in an effort to keep Tyrese Maxey in Texas. Of course, he ended up picking Kentucky not SMU. Yea Cade is probably heading to OSU with his brother, but you never know.

      2020 Player Rankings
      #1 Evan Mobley (Dad hired by USC)
      #2 Cade Cunningham (Brother hired by OSU)

  2. AirForceOne
    8:18 pm July 1, 2019 Permalink

    I think he will end up at OSU……just wants to keep that hype train going though.

  3. mashman 93
    8:18 pm July 1, 2019 Permalink

    Yes it does Kentucky should look elsewhere.

  4. Cousins Fake Tooth
    8:20 pm July 1, 2019 Permalink

    cough *bullshit* cough

  5. season-3-disc-2
    8:34 pm July 1, 2019 Permalink


  6. Carcrook
    8:55 pm July 1, 2019 Permalink


  7. 4everUKblue
    8:55 pm July 1, 2019 Permalink

    No of course it won’t affect his decision.

  8. Ridge Runner
    8:58 pm July 1, 2019 Permalink

    I hear ya guys (comments above).. heh… hey, maybe though… oh hell wit it.

  9. Smyrna_Cat
    9:00 pm July 1, 2019 Permalink

    Hard to imagine him NOT going to OSU.

  10. Underdog
    9:11 pm July 1, 2019 Permalink

    If you were recruiting him and not at his brother’s school, how would you like getting the feeling you’re getting played? How would you recruit him?

    • Ridge Runner
      9:21 pm July 1, 2019 Permalink

      Give him number to hoes-r-us, a few bucks, deny it, and see what shakes out.
      Signed… Rick

  11. Dowser
    8:15 am July 2, 2019 Permalink

    Maybe we can hire his mother…?

    10:14 am July 2, 2019 Permalink

    Let me put it this way: If he DOESN’T end up at OkSt, his brother will be looking for a new job soon.

  13. Buffalo Cat
    10:33 am July 2, 2019 Permalink

    The kid just doesn’t want the other schools to fawn all over him until he declares for OSU.
    The recruiting processes for these guys is just a vanity quest.