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Wednesday / December 11.
  • Cade Cunningham visits UNC, Oklahoma State, ‘not ‘rushing things’

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Cade Cunningham, the 6-foot-7 point guard from Texas and Montverde (FL) Academy, has taken two of his five official visits and says he’s “not rushing” his decision.

    “I do know that I’ll be in Dallas for the Thanksgiving Hoopfest on Nov. 29 and that’s where I’m from so it would be perfect if I’m ready and if I know where I want to go,” he wrote on his USA Today blog. “It would mean a lot to commit in front of the hometown crowd.

    “We’ll see if the timing works out. I’m not rushing things.”

    The No. 2 player in 2020, Cunningham visited Oklahoma State (Sept. 7) and North Carolina (Sept. 27). He still has trips to Florida (Oct. 4), Washington (Oct. 20) and Kentucky (TBD).

    As for North Carolina, he visited along with Greg Brown, Pablo Banchero and Montverde teammate and UNC commit Day’Ron Sharpe.

    “OK, I’m just coming off my official visit to UNC and it was great!” he wrote.

    “On Friday we all met up and took a tour of the school; just getting a feel for the campus. That night they had Late Night with Roy, and when we walked in the whole place gave us a standing ovation. I wasn’t expecting all that. I didn’t think they knew who we were like that.

    “The next day we went to the game against Clemson and man that was crazy!”

    He added: “I had a great talk with Coach Roy too. He’s the man!

    “He had already told me about his plans for me, but to be there and go over everything with him in person was even better.”

    His brother, Cannen Cunningham, is on staff at Oklahoma State, but Cade has said he’s open to other schools.

    “Everything about the visit was just cool,” he wrote. “I liked everyone there and I really think that they have something good going there.

    “Of course my brother is on staff there so that was cool having him there for the visit. Before he took the job, he told me he would never recruit me to a place that I wouldn’t thrive at. He’s my brother first and still gives me real advice about all of the schools. People think that he just recruits me to Oklahoma State and that’s it, but he gives me the pros and cons of every school; even Oklahoma State.

    “He’s just real with me, and that’s how he’s always been; that will never change.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.