By: Julio Olmo
The commitment of the five-star prospect – Cade Cunningham, was always going to make noise in College Basketball.
The fact that Cade Cunningham committed to Oklahoma State over Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina among many others – although surprising when officially announced, it was not to the greater majority.
Cunningham is the No. 2 overall recruit in the 2020 class and the No. 1 prospect at the point guard position, giving Oklahoma State University its’ highest-rated commitment not only of the year 2020 class, but also in program history.
The nation’s top-ranked guard by multiple recruiting services, visited Oklahoma State’s campus in Stillwater on September 7th and was impressed.
“I had a great time…Honestly, the visit was even better than I thought it would be…Everything about the visit was just cool. I liked everyone there and I really think that they have something good going there.”, Cade Cunningham.
Often recruiting is very difficult, and frankly it does get a bit confusing as to what all of the data actually means, but one thing is certain…
Cade Cunningham is among the Top 50 Recruits of the Decade, which include players like Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving and Zion Williamson.
Oklahoma State always had a decisive advantage over any Blue Blood Program because Cunningham has Family in the Oklahoma State basketball program and any recruiter who thought that a guided tour walk-through of an empty basketball gymnasium telling one liners was going impress the young man, is seriously out of touch with the real world.
“It’s such a family-oriented place,” said Dave Hunziker — football’s longest-serving radio voice in Oklahoma State University history, “People, when they ask you how you’re doing, they look you in the eye and they really want to know. Everybody takes time for each other. They took time for us when we were getting started.”
“Treat each player as your own son/daughter if you can…the parents have invested in you.”, Henry Iba.
Those were the words of legendary Oklahoma State University sports hall of famer, coach and sports administrator Henry Iba.
His teachings are the standard still use today.
“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.”, Cade Cunningham continued, “He’s just real with me, and that’s how he’s always been, that will never change. At the same time, he has a job to do and he’s been doing a great job so far.”