Cunningham Goes Coast To Coast

Jared Cunningham's summer journey took him from Oregon to the mountains of West Virginia and wound its way to the nation's capitol. This week, the versatile power forward made a college decision that spans both coasts.

When we saw Jared Cunningham July 14 in Morgantown, W.Va., he was in the process of blowing up. By August 4th, the 2007 standout had already picked a college. Cunningham, a 6-foot-8 power forward, will play next season at Oregon City High after completing his junior season next to Kevin Love at Lake Oswego.

Without the month of July, Cunningham might not have gotten the exposure needed to join A-10 powerhouse George Washington. ‘

"I went to West Virginia and I averaged 25 and 11 there," Cunningham, a member of the Hoop Booth team said. "I did really, really good there. That brought a lot of attention. Back in April at the Charlie Weber in D.C. I did real good there too.

"I've been really good over the summer and in Las Vegas I averaged 24.6 and I also had 48 points in a game. I really showed my ability out in Vegas, West Virginia and throughout the summer. I caught a lot of coach's eyes."

Before opting for the Colonials, St. John's (offer), Boston College, Clemson, Wichita State, Illinois and Virginia Commonwealth showed interest. However, he's got a lot of roots in D.C. where a significant portion of his family resides.

"I've been there before so I liked the campus, the school and the coaching staff. My AAU coach went there and he knows a lot of people at that school. I just felt real comfortable and I felt that it was the right decision. The academics feel real good. They were watching me a couple of years ago too. They've seen me since I was in the 9th grade."

The commitment is a big one for George Washington. This young man is on the rise, had a great summer and should fit nicely into how they play.


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