Cunliffe holds five offers
One of the West Coast’s top wings in 2016 comes from Seattle Blanchet in 6-foot-6, 185-pound small forward Sam Cunliffe. Cunliffe has good size, decent length and is a versatile scorer who can take opponents off the dribble and knock down jumpers or get to the basket. “I get to the rim, break my guy down, break the defense down and get to the rim,” Cunliffe said. “But I would say the best part of my game is getting to the rim. “I need to work on my shot and when I’m playing defense on the weak side, making sure I’m in the right place at all times. I need to be talking and making sure everyone is where they need to be.” The junior listed offers from Gonzaga, Utah, Washington, Washington State and Colorado, with three of those schools doing the best job with him. “Washington, Gonzaga and Utah stand out,” Cunliffe said, before going into detail about those three programs. Washington: “It’s close to home and I’ve known those coaches basically my whole life. I have a really good relationship with them. They’re kind of like family to me.” Gonzaga: “Gonzaga is great because I have a really great relationship with all the coaches. Coach (Brian) Michaelson, coach (Mark) Few, all of them. I talk to them every day and they’ve become family too.” Utah: “They’re cool. I’ve gotten to know coach (DeMarlo) Slocum and it’s all good with them.” Cunliffe’s plan is to play things out a bit before taking the next step in his recruitment. “I’m going to keep playing hard and seeing if any other schools are going to pick it up with me,” he said. ”I’m going to evaluate who is serious with me and then take my five visits. “I’m not doing anything until the summer is over. I’ll go anywhere. Close to home is important to me but if there’s a better fit somewhere else then I’ll take it.”
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