Breaking down Cunliffe's game

Arizona State landed a talented wing in Sam Cunliffe on Wednesday. Scout breaks down the 2016 prospect's game.

Arizona State landed a big commitment on Wednesday with the addition of 6-foot-6, 185-pound Seattle Rainier Beach 2016 wing Sam Cunliffe.

Scout's 97th ranked 2016 prospect and 21st rated small forward, Cunliffe will give the Sun Devils a versatile and talented wing.

What kind of player is ASU getting in Cunliffe?

First off, he has good size and length for a wing and will likely be able to play both the two and the three at the next level on offense and defense.

Cunliffe has a nice frame for the position and still has plenty of room to get stronger. As he gains muscle, it will be interesting to see if he can add even more athleticism, as he is already an above average athlete for a wing.

A pretty tough kid, Cunliffe isn't afraid to attack the basket and finish with contact, while he also often uses his physical tools on defense as well.

Cunliffe has a nice feel on both sides of the court. His instincts make him a good passer but he also will hunt down rebounds out of his area, block shots and pick off passes based entirely on instincts.

It's an area for him to keep improving at, but Cunliffe is a capable shooter who can hit shots from both midrange and three.

The biggest area for Cunliffe to improve at will be his consistency. His production will often wane from half to half and game to game and he's too talented to sometimes disappear.

If Cunliffe can become a more consistent player and keep adding to his skill level while getting stronger, he's going to surprise a lot of people because he has a very high ceiling.


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