Dante Cunningham Carving Niche

Dante Cunningham hasn't gotten the attention he probably deserved playing with Dwayne Anderson and Nolan Smith, but that's starting to change.

Dante Cunningham knows it's tough for him to get the headlines at St. John's College (D.C.). Playing alongside Villanova-signee Dwayne Anderson, who is one year ahead of him, and a big-time rising sophomore in Nolan Smith, he's bound to get lost.

However, the 6-7, 215-pound rising senior has carved his own niche, mostly on the defensive end – and has done enough to warrant a scholarship offer from Georgetown and interest from the likes of St. John's, Marquette, Villanova and Pittsburgh. Virginia Tech and Charlotte have also expressed interest.

Cunningham averaged 10 points and 7.5 rebounds as a junior, but his offense isn't near where his rebounding and defensive skills are at this point.

Admittedly, the Hoyas, along with Pittsburgh, are the favorites – and while it was tough on him to hold off pulling the trigger when Georgetown offered, he wants to take his time.

``I want to check other schools out," Cunningham said. "I went to the Georgetown camps when I was younger and really like their new staff."

Cunningham, 17, has thrived in the spring while playing his second year under Curtis Malone for D.C. Assault.

``He's a power forward in a three man's body," Malone said. "He hasn't really played on the perimeter all his life and I think he may grow a little more. If he's 6-9, he can play power forward at any level."

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