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America's No. 1 Player Ready to Take Over College Hoops

The 2020-21 college basketball season should be Cade Cunningham's.

The Oklahoma State commit from Montverde Academy is built to take over the college game, and sooner than later, the NBA.

Cade Cunningham Highlights

Standing 6-foot-6, the 215-pound, five-star point guard towers over opponents at his position. Initially playing the forward spot most of his life, Cunningham switched to a full-time point guard going into his junior season. His large frame combined with strength and athleticism turns into points at the rim with either a dunk or a finish through contact.

The superb high school basketball player is an excellent passer with sharp court vision. He keeps his eyes up and loves throwing lobs and hitting teammates in transition. From the high post, Cunningham throws touch passes towards the rim or kicks it out for a three.

Given his size advantage over the guards he defends, Cunningham can body up small players and has the switchability to guard anyone. He picks his spots on when to pursue blocks.

The Cowboys commit's biggest weakness is shooting, but he drastically improved his stroke on the Nike EYBL circuit last summer playing for the Texas Titans and carried it into his senior season.

Overall, he's the best player in the 2020 class.

Cunningham Signs With Oklahoma State

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Cunningham played his first two seasons at Bowie High School in his hometown of Arlington, Texas before transferring to Montverde. He's the No. 1 rated player in the 2020 recruiting class across 247Sports and Rivals. ESPN ranks him third behind Jalen Green and Evan Mobley. So far, the high school player has been named a McDonald's All-American, Naismith National Player of the Year, and MaxPreps National Player of the year.

He entertained NCAA offers from Florida, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, and Duke before signing with Oklahoma State. His brother, Cannen Cunningham, is an assistant under OSU head coach Mike Boynton.

Last summer, he played two years up for USA basketball in the FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece. He started all seven games en route to a gold medal.

His time in Stillwater should be short-lived but exciting. He's projected to be the number one overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

Cade Cunningham is about to take over.

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