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Cade Cunningham Takes Top Spot in 247 Sports' Final 2020 CBB Recruiting Rankings

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 6, 2020

Source: 247Sports

Montverde Academy point guard Cade Cunningham has been crowned the top overall recruit in the 2020 class.  

Per 247Sports' Evan Daniels, the Oklahoma State commit beat out Jalen Green and Evan Mobley in the final rankings. 

"It means a lot to me, just to have someone think so highly of me and put me at that spot with so many other great player around me is a blessing to me," Cunningham told Daniels about being the nation's top recruit. "It’s motivation to prove everybody right and stay at the top spot."

Daniels noted Cunningham was regarded as an elite prospect throughout his high school tenure, but started developing into a potential No. 1 recruit in the spring of his junior year. 

Coming out of the 2020 Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts in January, B/R's Jonathan Wasserman ranked Cunningham as the top prospect in the 2021 NBA Draft class and noted comparisons have been made to Luka Doncic:

"While Cunningham doesn't have Zion Williamson's explosiveness, he's as well-rounded of a high school prospect as we've seen over the past several years. Comparisons are shifting toward Luka Doncic, though Doncic is the superior perimeter threat, while Cunningham possesses far more defensive upside.

"Though the 2021 draft is still 17 months away, it's difficult to imagine another player moving ahead of Cunningham as the No. 1 overall prospect. It will be nearly impossible for one to replace him before he arrives at Oklahoma State."

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Cunningham committed to the Cowboys in November. His brother, Cannen, was hired by head coach Mike Boynton as an assistant on his staff last summer. 

"To be honest, I was this close to picking a different school, but blood is always thicker than water. Go Pokes," Cunningham said in his announcement video on Instagram.

Per 247Sports, Oklahoma State has the 10th-ranked recruiting class for 2020 with Cunningham as the crown jewel. 

The Cowboys went 18-14 last season and haven't made the NCAA tournament since 2016-17. 

 

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