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Cade Cunningham’s brother has been hired at Oklahoma State

2020 five-star guard and Kentucky target Cade Cunningham’s recruitment might be over before it really even begins.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys are set to hire Cannen Cunningham, Cade’s brother, to their coaching staff.

Cunningham played basketball at SMU under Larry Brown before eventually spending the 2018-19 season on staff at Tulane.

Now, he’ll be tasked with convincing his brother, the No. 2 overall prospect in the class of 2020, to join him in Stillwater, OK.

As for Kentucky’s role in all of this, the Wildcats were long seen as the favorite in Cunningham’s recruitment before momentum shifted in Oklahoma State’s favor in May. UK once owned 100% of predictions for the 6-foot-7 guard’s Crystal Ball on 247Sports before the Cowboys received 11 consecutive picks, including from the likes of Evan Daniels, Andrew Slater, Brian Snow, and Jerry Meyer.

During the Nike EYBL regular season this spring, Kentucky was present for every one of Cunningham’s games and they were expected to make him a top priority for their 2020 recruiting class. And the interest has always been mutual.

“[Kentucky] is the first team I remember,” 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.”

As for his interest in Oklahoma State, the five-star prospect said he has always had interest in the Cowboys out of pure loyalty to the program. After all, they were the first school to offer him a scholarship.

“Coach [Mike] Boynton, he was the first coach to offer me when he was an assistant,” he said. “So we’ve had a good connection, relationship since then.”

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 that his decision would come down to the Wildcats and the Cowboys.

With this news, though, it’d be silly to think Cunningham lands anywhere other than Oklahoma State next year.

Luckily for Kentucky, the Cats are seen as the favorite for both Jalen Green and Brandon Boston Jr., two five-star guards and top-10 prospects in the class of 2020.

Add an elite point guard such as Daishen Nix or Sharife Cooper to that backcourt, and UK will be absolutely set moving forward.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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9 Comments for Cade Cunningham’s brother has been hired at Oklahoma State

  1. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    5:38 pm June 25, 2019 Permalink

    I hate this. This should be a NCAA violation if the kid goes there as anything more than a walkon. It’s stupid even if we do it. But the Narcissistic Collegiate A$$holes Association loves to never actually follow the rule where it clearly states that doing anything that gives you a recruiting advantage is is illegal.

  2. VirginiaCat
    5:44 pm June 25, 2019 Permalink

    If I had a dollar for every top prospect who was a Kentucky lock, and then went elsewhere…I would be…ummmm…$20-$30 richer. But seriously…most recruiting news should be accompanied by a grain of salt, no, make that a boulder of salt. Fodder for sports writers, understandably, but not limited value.

  3. VirginiaCat
    5:45 pm June 25, 2019 Permalink

    *a lot of value

  4. BCO
    6:38 pm June 25, 2019 Permalink

    The ncaa has got to put a stop to this bs

    • mashburnfan1
      7:04 pm June 25, 2019 Permalink

      Has happened for years, look at Porter who went to Wash then family got fired and went to Mizzou so where did Porter end up. I seem to remember UK doing this before and Cal doing this at Memphis, can’t say I recall Cal doing this at UK but not sure and don’t care if he did. NCAA has allowed it for years, not just family members but aau coaches as well.

    • 4everUKblue
      10:46 pm June 25, 2019 Permalink

      More mashbum fiction. I would say you’re better than this…..but you’re not.

  5. Smyrna_Cat
    6:43 pm June 25, 2019 Permalink

    But … I thought we were in good shape with him?

  6. StuckinLville
    9:37 pm June 25, 2019 Permalink

    Add Todd, Omorouyi, maybe Maker and another sf with that back court and we’d be good. We know Cal will find a grad transfer and hopefully some come back. I think there will be 4 but we will see. But as for this kid, if he’s serious about his career OSU isnt the right choice. Unless he’s just that talented.

  7. nybrasky
    11:01 pm June 25, 2019 Permalink

    My older brother is just below Bobby Knight and BCG on the list of people I’d least want to play basketball for.