What High School Did Cade Cunningham Go To?

Published 07/30/2021, 2:15 AM EDT
Feb 3, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Cade Cunningham (2) in action during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


The hype surrounding Cade Cunningham is real. The No. 1 pick in this year’s draft is already a world-beater. Moreover, teams are lining up to take him on board after his impressive performances in high school basketball. The point guard born and bred from Texas looks to take the league by storm in his debut season at NBA. With his huge 6’7, 230 pounds frame, the potential he possesses is through the roof. Fans compare him to Luka Doncic because of the passing skills and shooting prowess he displays on the court.

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So which school did Cunningham go to?

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Cade Cunningham dominated the high school picture

The point guard attended Bowie High School in Texas during his freshman and sophomore years in high school. The talent displayed by this young man is quite staggering.

Notably, he looks to be the first fine prospect to come out of Bowie. After playing for two years there, Cade decided to move on to Montverde Academy where he showed what he was all about. Ben Simmons, D’Angelo Russel, and R.J. Barret are some of the famous players to come out of that school.

Mar 12, 2021; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Cade Cunningham (2) shoots over Baylor Bears guard Adam Flagler (10) during the second half at T-Mobile Center. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

While the aforementioned players are mainstays of the NBA right now, Cade’s mentality is shaping him up to become the league’s breakout star. During his successful high school career, he won the Naismith Prep Player of the Year followed by the MaxPreps National Player of the Year at the end of his senior year. Notably, ESPN, Rivals, and 247 Sports rated him to be a five-star recruit coming out of high school.

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Throughout his career at Montverde, Cade produced some noteworthy performances in most of the games. By leading them to a unanimous number one ranking, Cade’s time in Montverde speaks volumes of the talent he possesses. He averaged 13.9 points, 6.4 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game while only playing for 22 minutes. With a plus-minus rating of 30.8 per game, his numbers are through the roof.

Feb 27, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Cade Cunningham (2) drives to the basket against Oklahoma Sooners guard Elijah Harkless (24) during the second half at Lloyd Noble Center. Oklahoma State won 94-90. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

Similarly, he won the National MVP of the 2019 Nike EYBL circuit by averaging 23.8 points, 7 rebounds, and 5.7 assists. The big strong point guard dominates the rim while being a potent threat from beyond the arc. Also possessing a fine vertical and gifted athleticism, Cade is destined for greatness. The similarities to Doncic in terms of vision and passing skills are there for people to see. Combining that with fluid shooting, the talented player can mature into one of the best players the league has seen.

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Where Cunningham plays next season remains to be seen. However, the quality of this player can’t go unnoticed. The leading candidate in this year’s draft, Cade Cunningham’s trajectory is on the rise as he enters his first season in the NBA.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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