The Oklahoma State Cowboys honored freshman guard Cade Cunningham on Senior Night on Monday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Yes, that’s right. The Cowboys honored FRESHMAN Cade Cunningham on Senior Night.
If that seems incongruent, well, it is. But Cunningham, of course, is no ordinary freshman.
Cunningham, of course, was the No. 1 recruit in the 2020 Class and signed with Oklahoma State. To many, if high school seniors could have gone into the NBA Draft directly from high school, Cunningham would have been a first-round pick. As it is, Cunningham is considered by many to be the projected No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
For that reason, most expect Cunningham to declared for the NBA Draft after the season ends.
So, as the Cowboys prepared for the final home game of the 2020-21 regular season, the Cowboys chose to honor Cunningham, along with seniors Bryce Williams and Ferron Flavors Jr.
Cunningham swept the Big 12 Player of the Week and the Newcomer of the Week award for last week’s games, as he scored 40 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Oklahoma on Saturday. For last week he averaged 30 points and 8 rebounds, while shooting 59 percent from the floor.
Cunningham was averaging 19.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game going into Monday’s game against the Sooners.
Now, Williams and Flavors Jr. COULD come back next season, thanks to the NCAA’s rule that allows for an extra year of eligibility.
But Cunningham? Yeah, he’s out the door. And you can’t blame him.
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