|Born||September 25, 2001|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|College||Oklahoma State (2020–2021)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Cade Cunningham is an American basketball player. He played college basketball for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Cunningham is considered the consensus number one pick in the 2021 NBA draft.
Cunningham was born in Arlington, Texas to Carrie and Keith Cunningham. His father is black and his mother is white. He grew up playing football as a quarterback, which he claims helped become a better passer and leader on the basketball court. Cunningham focused on basketball after watching his brother play the sport in college. He frequently played basketball with his father and brother at a recreation center. In junior high, Cunningham played point guard for Barnett Junior High School in Arlington.
Cunningham attended Bowie High School in Arlington. Soon into his freshman season, he became a starter on the varsity team. Cunningham averaged 15.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and three assists per game, helping Bowie reach the District 6A Region I final, and was named District 4-6A Newcomer of the Year. In December 2017, early in his sophomore season, he suffered an injury while attempting to dunk at a tournament in Houston. Cunningham finished the season averaging 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game. He was named District 4-6A co-most valuable player (MVP) and earned Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) All-Region honors.
In the summer prior to his junior year, Cunningham transferred to Montverde Academy, a school in Montverde, Florida with a successful basketball program. He chose Montverde Academy, whose team was ranked No. 1 in the country by USA Today, for its academics and coaching. On February 2, 2019, Cunningham recorded 26 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds in a 76–51 win over Oak Hill Academy, one of the top high school teams nationally, at the National Hoopfest tournament. At the end of his junior season, after averaging 11.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game, he made the MaxPreps Junior All-American second team. In the summer of 2019, Cunningham was named Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) most valuable player (MVP) after averaging 25.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game for the Texas Titans in the EYBL regular season.
For his senior season at Montverde, he was joined by many more top recruits, including five-star forwards Scottie Barnes and Day'Ron Sharpe. Many analysts regarded his team as one of the best in high school basketball history. Cunningham averaged 13.9 points, 6.4 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game, leading Montverde to a 25–0 record with an average margin of victory of 39 points. He played only 22 minutes per game due to the depth of his team, which often dominated its opposition. At the end of the season, he was honored as Mr. Basketball USA, Naismith Prep Player of the Year and MaxPreps National Player of the Year. Cunningham was selected to play in the McDonald's All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit, but all three games were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cunningham emerged as a top 25 recruit in the 2020 class at the end of his sophomore season at Bowie. He was a consensus five-star recruit and one of the best players in his class. Cunningham received offers from top NCAA Division I programs, including Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina, but many analysts viewed Oklahoma State as his likely destination after the program hired his brother, Cannen, as an assistant coach. On November 5, 2019, Cunningham announced his commitment to Oklahoma State. He became the highest-ranked committed recruit in program history and the first five-star recruit to join Oklahoma State since Marcus Smart in 2012. In June 2020, the NCAA imposed a postseason ban on Oklahoma State. However, Cunningham announced on June 22 that he was still attending Oklahoma State rather than sign with another school or the NBA G League.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Arlington, TX||Montverde Academy (FL)||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)||215 lb (98 kg)||Nov 5, 2019|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: N/A Rivals:|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Rivals: 1 247Sports: 1 ESPN: 2|
In his college debut on November 25, 2020, Cunningham recorded 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 75–68 win against UT Arlington. On December 8, he scored 29 points, including 13 in the final 91 seconds, in an 83–78 victory over Oral Roberts. Four days later, Cunningham scored 10 points and made a game-winning three-pointer with 11 seconds left in regulation to help defeat Wichita State, 67–64. On February 27, 2021, he recorded 40 points and 11 rebounds in a 94–90 overtime win over Oklahoma. As a freshman, he averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. He became the fourth Big 12 player to win Big 12 Player of the Year and Big 12 Freshman of the Year, joining Marcus Smart, Kevin Durant and Michael Beasley. On April 1, 2021, Cunningham announced that he would enter the 2021 NBA draft and forgo his final three years of college basketball eligibility. Analysts regarded him as the consensus number one pick in the draft.
Cunningham played for the United States at the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup in Heraklion, Greece. In seven games, he averaged 11.7 points, 5.7 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game, helping his team win the gold medal. In the finals, Cunningham led all scorers with 21 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists in a 93–79 win over Mali.
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Cunningham's father Keith Cunningham played college football for Texas Tech. His older brother Cannenplayed college basketball for SMU, surpassing the school record for games played, before spending one professional season in Poland. Cannen later pursued a coaching career, becoming an assistant coach for Oklahoma State entering the 2019–20 season. Cunningham has a daughter named Riley born in 2018.