Oklahoma State signee Cade Cunningham was named the 34th Naismith Boy’s National High School Player of the Year on Tuesday afternoon. This aligns with his No. 1 ranking on 247sports.com, as well as his play on the court.
His name will now be listed among the greats.— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) March 11, 2020
Congratulations to @CadeCunningham_ for bringing home the 34th @NaismithTrophy High School National Player of the Year award.
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Previous Naismith Award winners include Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Washington’s Isaiah Stewart won the award in 2019 and RJ Barrett (Duke, New York Knicks) won the award in 2018. Michael Porter Jr. won the award in 2017 before his lone, injury plagued season with Missouri and was a lottery pick to the Denver Nuggets, where he has flashed the potential that scouts saw in high school.
The highest rated signee in OSU history, Cunningham started his high school career at Arlington Bowie (TX) before transferring to Montverde Academy in Florida to join a team of superstars. Cunningham faced off against current TCU guard RJ Nembhard in the 2017 UIL Texas Region I Final and has played against many other current players on Big 12 rosters while in high school. His brother, Cannen, played college basketball at SMU before joining Mike Boynton’s staff as an assistant coach at OSU.
Cunningham has recruited several of his AAU teammates to join him in Stillwater. Putnam City guard Rondel Walker and Arlington Martin (TX) forward Montreal Pena will join Cunningham in making the jump from the Texas Titans EYBL squad to Big 12 basketball. D1 Circuit named Cunningham as the 2019 EYBL MVP. During the 2019 season, Cunningham averaged 25.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists for the Texas Titans. He shot 55.7 percent from the floor and 37.1 percent from three during the 2019 season.