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Recruiting expert gives update on Cade Cunningham

Where will the No. 1 overall recruit spend the next year before he potentially becomes the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft?

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Last week, the NCAA hit the Oklahoma State Cowboys’ basketball program with a one-year postseason ban due to the level one violation.

Now, we wait and see what happens going forward and who decides to stay with the Cowboys and what players decide to look at other options.

Particularly, it will be interesting to see what Cade Cunningham who is the No. 1 overall player in the 2020 class, decides to do.

Cunningham decided to sign with the Cowboys over Kentucky, but it has since been reported by Corey Evans that he was very close to signing with the Cats during his visit.

In an article on Tuesday, Evans answered questions that were sent to him on Twitter about the Oklahoma State situation and he gave his take on the Cunningham situation.

“The five-star picked OSU over Kentucky in the fall and if he does decide to decommit, it wouldn’t be a shock to see UK among his early suitors. However, his options don’t just end with college; the G League made a late run at him. He would also take a hard look at playing professionally overseas, especially in Australia. There is even a thought that he could sit out the year and train with his family in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.”

In a separate article, Evans spoke with Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader about Cunningham. There, Evans said that if Cunningham goes to college, it will likely be Oklahoma State. However, Evans thinks Cunningham will end up somewhere other than Oklahoma State next season.

The Cowboys are certainly no lock to keep Cunningham around, however. When asked whether he would take Oklahoma State or “the field” — meaning any other option, pro or college — Evans went with the latter.

“I think the safe guess would be saying the field,” said Evans, who added that playing overseas — like RJ Hampton and LaMelo Ball did this past season — might be the most likely non-Oklahoma State option on the table, trumping the current fad of the G League. “I do think the overseas thing had intrigued him in the past. I don’t think he’s much of a follower.”

While it’s looking more and more like Cunningham could end up not playing college ball with the Cowboys, it still seems highly unlikely that he ends up in Lexington. Still, there will be a lot of people keeping their eyes on this situation, as he would be a huge addition to an already loaded class for the Cats.