BIRTHDATE: 9/25/01

POSITION: Point Guard

HEIGHT: 6'8"

WEIGHT: 220 lbs

SCHOOL/ TEAM: Oklahoma State

CLASS: Freshman


  • Excellent size for a point guard/ lead ball handler

  • Good size and strength and fluidity 

  • High IQ player

  • High level court vision and feel for the game as passer

  • Advanced passer out of pick & rolls; Hits roll man, corner

  • Very good at changing his speeds and playing with pace

  • Crafty ball handler with good feet and ability to change directions

  • Plays through contact

  • Good rebounder; Grab & Go threat

  • Can create his own shot off the dribble

  • Uses shot fakes, hesi's and step backs to create space

  • Improving pull up J

  • Very unselfish; Plays winning basketball

  • Thrives in transition 

  • Can play up for 4 positions

  • Ambidextrous passer and scorer around the rim


  • Outside shooting

  • Tendency to miss bunnies at the rim

  • Lacks explosiveness when jumping off one foot

  • Finishing vs rim protectors

  • Lacks great burst, pop and quick first step

  • Can play out of control and force passes in tight spaces


This is my second trip traveling internationally to scout the FIBA Under 19 World Cup. The 2017 event held in Cairo, Egypt featured 2019 lottery picks R.J Barrett, Cam Reddish, Rui Hachimura and P.J Washington, only time will tell if this years games will produce as many lottery picks in the 2021 draft.

It is very unlikely we'll see a player dominate the way Barrett did in 2017 (most notably the 38,13 and 5 he put up vs USA in the semifinals) but the player who is likely to have similar results is Cade Cunningham from Team USA. Cunningham won't put up the monster scoring numbers as Barrett, but can be equally as dominant as the best prospect  on a deep and talented US team that is breezing by the competition.

Listed at 6'7", Cunningham has great size for a point guard and reminds me of Jason Kidd missed with a little Luka Doncic. He's not as fast as kid, or as crafty of a scorer as Doncic, but he's similar in the fact he has excellent court vision, loves to make plays for others in transition and can physically punish smaller defenders with his size and strength.

One of the things I like most about Cunningham is (like Doncic) he plays at his own pace and has a great feel for the game. Defenders can't speed him up or make him play out of control. He never seems to be in a hurry, has the patience to let plays develop and can pass teammates open. At 17 years of age, he plays with a maturity beyond his years but more importantly plays winning basketball and makes winning plays.