Shortly after visiting Arizona State on May 31st, Cunliffe told Scout colleague Chris Karpman that the Sun Devils would be tough to beat. In the end, Cunliffe didn't need much more time to think about his recruitment. "Most of all it's playing with coach Hurley and how different he is as a coach," Cunliffe told Scout after committing. "He's very involved compared to most coaches. He was running the workout and other schools often have an assistant doing it. It was a family environment and it was very special. "They said I was one of their top priorities as a guard. He didn't want to guarantee me anything but they plan on me having a big impact on the team. I felt it was a place I could go and contribute right away on a national stage. All around it was a really good fit." Cunliffe, a four-star prospect, also considered UNLV, Colorado, California, Gonzaga, Utah, Washington, Washington State and a host of other schools. Cunliffe was recently elevated into Scout's 2016 top 100. Cunliffe ranks No. 97 overall and No. 21 at the small forward position.
Arizona State adds four-star wing
Bobby Hurley added the first pledge of his 2016 recruiting class on Wednesday. Sam Cunliffe, a 6-foot-6 wing prospect out of Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach, committed to Hurley and Arizona State, sources told Scout. "You want to be able to live somewhere and be comfortable and I feel that there," Cunliffe said. "In Seattle I lived in a major city and I'll have that in Tempe being right next to Phoenix. It has a big city feel. I visited the dorm area and it was very nice and it was a comfortable place for me."* Josh Gershon contributed to this report.
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