2020 five-star forward Cade Cunningham is ready to cut down his list in the coming weeks, and if you ask him, fans will be in for a bit of a surprise when they see who is in contention.
Because he has never announced who has officially offered him a scholarship and doesn’t talk about the schools he is interested in, he’s excited to end the speculation we’ve seen over the last several months on social media.
“I think a lot of fan bases are gonna be shocked because most of them don’t know that their schools have offered me,” Cunningham told USA Today. “I’m very happy with my list; I’ve got great schools, and I’m glad that I’ve done it this way. It’s been worth the wait.”
The 6-foot-6 wing, who will cut his list to “seven or eight schools” at some point in June, says he has been so quiet about his recruitment because he didn’t want it to distract him from improving his game.
“I haven’t announced any schools that are even recruiting me,” Cunningham said. “I’m probably gonna drop a list of seven or eight schools in June. I just feel like constantly putting out who’s offered me is just a distraction. I don’t need to do that all the time; I just need to focus on getting better.”
Currently averaging 23.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists for the Texas Titans on the Nike EYBL circuit, told KSR back in April that while Kentucky has been seen as the leader in his recruitment, he genuinely has no idea where those rumors came from.
He likes Kentucky a lot, but he wanted to make it clear that he has no favorites.
“Everybody says I’m 100% to Kentucky. To be honest, I don’t know where it came from, I was shocked when I first saw it,” he said. “Nobody ever asked me about it. I mean, it’s cool, Coach Cal is a great coach, and it’s hard not to take that into consideration. But like I 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.”
In terms of what he brings to the table, Cunningham says that he sees himself as a leader on the floor with elite versatility.
“I’m versatile, I feel like I can do a lot of things, guard a lot of positions. I can play a lot of positions offensively,” he said. “I feel like I’m a really good leader, I like to lead my guys, be like the quarterback for my team. And I just like to win, so I feel like that brings some more value to me.”
It’s that style of play that has obviously worked in his favor thus far in his basketball career. Currently listed as a consensus top-ten recruit, Cunningham has seen his stock rise over the last several months, with some recruiting analysts saying he is making a push for the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2020.
While he appreciates the high praise, Cunningham says he’s focused on helping his team win games first and foremost, something he also hinted would play a major part in his college decision when the time comes.
“I didn’t have a goal to be the best player or anything like that,” Cunningham told USA Today. “My only goal has been to be a winner. I just want to win games because people are attracted to winners. When I’m winning everything else takes care of itself.”
While we wait for him to cut down his list, check out his impressive performance at the EYBL event in Indianapolis two weeks ago: