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Brock Cunningham Commits to Texas

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NCAA Basketball: Big 12 Championship-West Virginia vs Texas
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2018 Westlake PF Brock Cunningham committed to the Texas Longhorns this week, picking Texas over the likes of the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys. The four-star Austin prospect was considered an Oklahoma lean at the beginning of the year, but over the past couple of months Texas became a heavy favorite to land Cunningham.

I had the chance to watch Cunningham at a couple of AAU tournaments this summer, and there’s a lot to like about him. He isn’t the athletic freak of a player like Mo Bamba, but he’s an above-average shooter and his basketball IQ is well ahead of his peers. Even before I knew his name, he pops out at you because he’s always around the basketball. He repeatedly was in the right spot for rebounds, made good decisions with the ball in his hands, and floated into gaps in the defense where he’d make himself shot-ready before his teammates passed him the ball. He has good form on his shot and is likely to be a solid threat from three the moment he sets foot on campus. I like to think of him as a more aggressive Connor Lammert; but at 6-7, he doesn’t have the size Lammert did. Cunningham is likely to spend a good amount of time on the wing as a complement to Dylan Osetkowski and/or Dylan’s primary backup at the four. Perhaps the best part of landing Cunningham is that he projects to be a 3-4 year player, bringing a bit of stability to the roster going forward.