Cade Cunningham Reveals Why He Plays As Point Guard Ahead of Projected NBA Draft Lottery Selection

Published 01/17/2021, 10:09 AM EST


Cade Cunningham is currently dazzling in his freshman year at college, and he’s shaping up into an extraordinary player. The Oklahoma State Cowboys guard enjoyed a wonderful high-school career, and his recent interview with ‘The Oklahoman’ invites fans to learn more about his mindset as an athlete.

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Cunningham graduated from Montverde Academy in 2020 and earned the Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award for his electrifying senior year in high-school. The forward turned point guard experienced a lot of competition in high-school and he reminisced the past in his recent chat with Jacob Unruh

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“Oh my God, I almost got tired of ball screens,” Cunningham said. “Like, can somebody else get the ball for ball screens?”

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How Cade Cunningham elevates his game to the next level

Cunningham graduated from high-school as a five-star recruit and committed to the Oklahoma State Cowboys amid interest from other NCAA Division I college programs. The point guard is now quite attached to the team, and it is also due to the fact that his brother Cannen is an assistant coach with them.

The Cowboys star also played for his brother’s 16U Drive Nation team during his high-school days, where he completed the transformation as a point guard. Cade’s brother helped him transition and the youngster now feels confident about his skillset. 

“It was something I could envision myself playing,” the 19-year-old said. “And I visualize myself playing in college and the NBA as a point guard. That’s what I work toward.”

Furthermore, Cade also let out what made him switch into a point guard after starting out as a forward. Of course, both positions come with their own responsibilities, and the Texas native was clear about his game. 

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“I found a different love for not only the position but for the game, really, just being the head of the snake and making decisions for my team. I knew that was something I had a passion for and I was going to work to be the best at it,” Cunningham said. 

Cunningham now wears the #2 uniform for the Oklahoma State Cowboys and he recently notched up 18 vital points against the Kansas Jayhawks and contributed to his team’s crucial victory. Moreover, experts are already projecting the point guard as the #1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft! 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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