‘Going To Miss It’- Cade Cunningham Addresses Tenure With OSU Cowboys After Presumed Final Game

Published 03/22/2021, 8:54 AM EDT
Mar 12, 2021; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Cade Cunningham (2) greets Baylor Bears head coach Scott Drew after a game at T-Mobile Center. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports


Cade Cunningham may have just played his last game in the NCAA. The freshman guard sensation for the Oklahoma State Cowboys is the presumed #1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

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While there are cases of players forgoing draft eligibility to stay back for one more season, players like Luka Garza and Jared Butler are examples. However, Cade is different.

Garza and Butler have never been guaranteed NBA spots like Cunningham has. He would get the biggest rookie scale contract available if he gets drafted with the first pick.

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That financial security plays a big part, especially because Cade is a father to a two-year-old. Despite that, his time with the Cowboys has been profound, and he reflected upon it after the Cowboys lost to Oregon State.

It’s been special. That’s the best way to describe it. You know I think the biggest thing is that I surrounded myself with great people. More than anything, that’s what I’m most proud of. That’s the thing, I feel like I’ve grown the most by just bring along good people who pushed me to be somebody good on the court and off the court. Yeah, I’m going to miss it for sure.”

When asked by a reporter about whether this was his last game for the Cowboys, Cade gave a simple response. “I don’t know.”

Cade Cunningham: Will he return to Oklahoma State for his sophomore season?

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Mar 19, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Cade Cunningham (2) passes the ball past Liberty Flames forward Kyle Rode (22) during the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Cade Cunningham just left the NCAA Tournament in the Round of 32. Considering how this Cowboys team seemed to progressively get better during the season, there is no telling how good another year together will be for them. However, it will be foolish on Cunningham’s part to not jump to the NBA.

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He is guaranteed to get almost $20 million in just the first two years of his rookie contract. That security as compared to the NCAA taking away player’s eligibility for even accepting a free meal is too good to pass up on.

However, there is something special that could happen with this scrappy Cowboys team. But from all angles, it looks like Cunningham’s time with the team is done. The next time we see him play will be in an NBA uniform.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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