All eyes are on 2020 No. 2 prospect and major Kentucky basketball recruiting target Cade Cunningham as he inches closer to his college decision.
Following his brother’s hiring at Oklahoma State this summer, the five-star guard has been long seen as a heavy Cowboy lean, though momentum has shifted elsewhere over the last month or two. After telling various outlets – including KSR – that his recruitment was “wide open” and that he was not favoring Oklahoma State, North Carolina picked up significant momentum for a brief period before Kentucky took over as the rumored favorite.
At the conclusion of his official visit to Lexington for Big Blue Madness the weekend of October 11, 247Sports Director of Recruiting Evan Daniels submitted a Crystal Ball pick in favor of the Wildcats, the first national analyst to do so.
Since then, recruiting experts Jerry Meyer and Chris Fisher followed up with Kentucky predictions of their own.
This week, however, national analysts Andrew Slater (The Athletic) and Corey Evans (Rivals.com) have held steady on their previous Oklahoma State predictions, even considering the recent pro-UK buzz.
Today, though, Evan Daniels – who has a 94.72% all-time success rate and 52/52 on 2020 picks alone – doubled down on his Kentucky pick in a weekly #AskEvan mailbag post over at 247Sports.
In fact, the recruiting guru went as far as to say he felt Cunningham “knows what he wants to do.”
“I would guess sometime within the next three to four weeks. Likely even sooner,” Daniels wrote. “Cunningham’s plan has been to sign/commit during the early period, and I think he knows what he wants to do. He’s taken all of his official visits, so you would think he’s zeroing in on announcing his choice. My Crystal Ball pick is for Kentucky.”
On Wednesday morning, the 2020 five-star guard took to Instagram to shoot down any and all rumors surrounding his recruitment, including (but not limited to) a decision coming this week, him being silently committed to a specific school, Kentucky being the favorite, and Oklahoma State being the runaway favorite.
In a now-deleted post, Cunningham teased fans with a commitment-like post.
“I’m ready to make my decision, and I’m excited for what the future holds. I will be committing to…” Cunningham wrote before adding a picture of a mural in his hometown of Arlington, Texas. “Arlington, Texas! Forever committed to my city. I will continue to put on for the AGG!!”
“Just check y’all’s sources. [Laughing emoji] I tried to tell y’all about that ‘inside scoop’ y’all are getting. The rumors are false. My circle as tight as the period at the end of this sentence.”
In response to the five-star guard’s post, several current and future Kentucky Wildcats got quite a kick out of the prank…
On this week’s edition of the Sources Say Podcast, Travis Graf and David Sisk of Cats Illustrated joined me on the show to break down everything you need to know about Cunningham’s upcoming decision and why Kentucky is seen as the leader going into the home stretch of his recruitment.
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