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Evan Daniels on Cade Cunningham: “I think he knows what he wants to do”

(Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports)

(Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports)

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.”

Fairly significant.

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.

If you missed it on Tuesday evening, you can subscribe to the official Sources Say Podcast feed to get the show sent directly to your phone weekly on iTunes right here. Not on iTunes listener? You can also subscribe to the show on Spotify.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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16 Comments for Evan Daniels on Cade Cunningham: “I think he knows what he wants to do”



  1. Not Dan Issel
    7:48 pm October 24, 2019 Permalink

    Let’s hope Kentucky is what he wants to do.



  2. dave1964
    8:06 pm October 24, 2019 Permalink

    He is going to Oklahoma St these kids just love attention.



    • season-3-disc-2
      8:36 pm October 24, 2019 Permalink

      Wrong



    • nocode96
      11:00 pm October 24, 2019 Permalink

      And what’s wrong with grabbing some attention in his case? Or any highly touted recruit’s case. Lots of y’all act like you’ve ever been one of the best in the world at something when you were a teenager. Like this whole thing is so ho-hum. Let these kids enjoy THEIR moment. They only get to do this once with the entire college b-ball world looking at them. Cal wouldn’t be all in on this kid if he wasn’t UK material, neither would many other coaches. Will never understand the bitter and jaded attitude it must take to shlt on a KID because he:she doesn’t something that doesn’t fall into your timeline or world view. Easily the worst part about being a UK fan is other UK fans. Lighten up and enjoy life, you aren’t here for very long. There are far greater things to do with your time than to let some teenaged stranger control your mood.



    • chardun20
      11:59 pm October 24, 2019 Permalink

      @nocode96 exactly, people take this stuff to seriously, if Cade Cunningham chooses UK, he’s a good kid, if he goes somewhere else, he must be a bad kid.



  3. Ned T.
    8:21 pm October 24, 2019 Permalink

    I always had a thing for his mother Marion. Redheads are rightteous.



    • season-3-disc-2
      8:38 pm October 24, 2019 Permalink

      ???? Yea your comment isn’t creepy at all…….



    • Wilfred Smith
      10:13 am October 25, 2019 Permalink

      Marion Cunningham is a fictional character from the TV show “Happy Days” and was played by Marion Ross. The original commenter was making a joke.

      A better reply would have been, “Better not let Arthur Fonzarelli hear you say that, he’ll take you down for saying something about Mrs. C.”



  4. WildcatNation
    8:40 pm October 24, 2019 Permalink

    Evan Daniels knows something that the others don’t



    • season-3-disc-2
      9:23 pm October 24, 2019 Permalink

      Agree! If he doubles down then you can Bank that he has information he is really confident in.



    • mashman 93
      10:09 pm October 24, 2019 Permalink

      Yep



  5. Cmart0907
    10:42 pm October 24, 2019 Permalink

    52/52!!!!



  6. Nickerbocker05
    11:07 pm October 24, 2019 Permalink

    He talking to IS YALL!?!? tried to tell us bout that “inside scoop”! Dude is toying with our emotional values here… still tho… hope he commits here lol



  7. michaelb
    1:37 am October 25, 2019 Permalink

    Evan Daniels is always right



  8. 4everUKBlue
    9:05 am October 25, 2019 Permalink

    Really surprised mashbum the idiot hasn’t spewed a bunch of lies on this thread.