Cowboys’ Cade Cunningham Describes How He Has Improved His Shooting in College

Published 12/17/2020, 7:00 AM EST


The Oklahoma State Cowboys haven’t been a ranked team since 2013-14. So it was a surprise when high school sensation Cade Cunningham chose them over the Florida Gators, UNC Tarheels, and the Kentucky Wildcats.

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Arriving in college, Cunningham was excellent on both ends, and the only average attribute of his game was his shooting. He shot 35% from deep in his senior year, which isn’t bad but is also not great. He knew this was an aspect he wanted to improve.

After working hard since joining the Cowboys, Cunningham is currently averaging a ridiculous 47% from three (in the first six games), while taking 3.5 attempts per game. The 6’8 point guard’s preferred method of scoring is still his drives, but he now has become a force from outside too.

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Cade Cunningham talks about how he is improving his shooting

The Cowboys star recently spoke to Jeff Goodman from The Stadium, and talked about his shooting mechanics, and what he has done to get better. He said, “I’ve shot a lot of shots in my off-season, I’ve shot a lot of shots since I got here. I felt like I prepared pretty well for it. I know that’s something that I still have to grow on. It’s still something many people aren’t sold on yet. I think I made my release much more fluid. I think it’s more of one motion now and just repping out that new fluidity. That’s been the biggest thing for me now, and I’m a lot more comfortable shooting shots.”

Most of his threes have come off pick and rolls, or spot-ups. He is choosing to take the safer shots to get into the groove. As the season progresses, his shot creation is only going to improve, so this is a smart move from him.

Cowboys suffer shock loss

The Cowboys are currently 6-1 and suffered their first loss of the season tonight. They fell to the NCU Turned Frogs by one point, with Cunningham having a poor game. He shot 6/18 from the field, including 0/3 from downtown. It was a terrible shooting night for the whole team, as they went a collective 3/17 from three.

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The Cowboys’ momentum will take a hit now, and this has come at the wrong time. Four of their next five games are against top teams, including Kansas and WVU. They will need Cunningham to hit top form once again, as they aim to bounce back.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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