Cunningham reeling in offers

Three-star power forward Josh Cunningham is someone who could have a breakout spring on the AAU circuit.

The city of Chicago is always loaded with talent, and one of the emerging bigs is Morgan Park power forward Josh Cunningham. The 6-foot-7 Cunningham had a big July with the Mac Irvin Fire, and now according to high school coach Nick Irvin, he has only gotten better.

"Josh has been great all year," said Irvin. "He averaged 16 points and 13 rebounds. He is very athletic, he rebounds, he talks on defense, he is just a matchup problem. Josh has been doing it on both ends of the floor all year long."

According to Irvin, Cunningham has made some significant strides in several areas of his game.

"The thing he improved the most is shooting his jump shot," said Cunningham. "He also has been filling the lane better on the break, passing better, and he has just been doing a lot of things. He is starting to put it all together, and I think he has finally realized he is one of the top players in the country."

When it comes to his recruitment, several schools have already offered with more set to take a long look during the spring evaluation period.

"Iowa, Oklahoma, Bradley, DePaul, Massachusetts, South Carolina, and Northern Illinois have offered," noted Irvin. "Michigan State has been calling, Michigan has called, and a lot of others have also."

It is still early on in the process for Cunningham, but Irvin says he is already focused on what he is looking for in a school.

"He's just looking for an up tempo style and a school that plays opportune basketball," explained Irvin. "Also he wants to have a good relationship with the coaches, just people he can go and talk to."

For now the focus for Cunningham is simply to continue to improve. Irvin, who also coaches Cunningham over the summer, is expecting huge things for the power forward.

"I expect Josh by the end of the summer to be top 20 in the country," said Irvin. "He has proven during high school that he can play on the national scene, and he played against Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander and held his own, I am looking for him to be top 20 when it is all said and done."

Currently Cunningham is viewed as a three-star prospect.

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