By LARRY VAUGHT
As soon as Oklahoma State added Cannen Cunningham to its basketball coaching staff in June, the theory was that five-star Cade Cunningham — a top five player in the 2020 recruiting class — would join his older brother and play for the Cowboys.
It’s almost October and Cade Cunningham remains uncommitted with Kentucky and North Carolina continuing to recruit him like both believe they can secure his commitment.
But can anybody really beat Oklahoma State for the talented guard?
“Cade Cunningham is the best perimeter player in the 2020 class,” said Rivals.com recruiting writer David Sisk. “He can play some point guard if needed.
“There is still some debate about whether (former UK recruiting target) Josh Christopher is a point guard. He is also a scorer and I do not know how well he sets the table for others. He gets to the rim and needs the ball. But Cunningham is a true combo guard.”
Sisk believes Cunningham does remains Calipari’s top choice for a point guard in the 2020 class with Devin Askew, who will make his college choice in October, the next option even though Askew has said he’ll stay in the 2021 recruiting class.
Despite no decision from Cade Cunningham, count Sisk as one who believes he ends up at Oklahoma State — the same thing another Rivals.com recruiting writer, Krysten Peek, told me a month ago when speculation started that he might not pick Oklahoma State.
“His brother was brought in for one reason and that was to get him to come to school at Oklahoma State,” Sisk said. “No matter what I hear, I just have a hard time believing that he will end up anywhere else. I guess something could happen with Oklahoma State’s season but I just don’t see Kentucky or North Carolina getting him.”
Seems logical to me except after losing high profile players like James Wiseman last year when Calipari thought he land him, it also seems logical that Calipari has reasons to continue to recruit Cunningham so hard because he certainly has cut ties with other top players he felt he was not going to sign.