Cunningham Real Team Player

Josh Cunningham has shown off a skill set worthy of high-major college scholarship offers and they have come his way. Still, the Mac Irvin Fire forward plans to wait until the spring to commit to a school. It has nothing to do with him. He explains in this premium story.

Josh Cunningham performs a role for a loaded Mac Irvin Fire squad. The long forward can be found doing the dirty work on the backboards and defense.

While he stands out on his Morgan Park (Chicago) High team, he's no less of a team player than on the Fire. Look no further than his recruitment for evidence.

The 6-foot-7, 180-pound Cunningham boasts an impressive list of scholarship offers. He could sign a letter of intent in November and be happy for himself. He plans on waiting until the spring to commit in a selfless act.

"Some of the guys on my (Morgan Park) team don't really have good schools looking at them," Cunningham said. "If I'm still open, maybe some schools that come look at me will take a look at them and give them a chance, too."

Cunningham reports scholarship offers from Iowa, Iowa State, DePaul, Bradley, St. John's, Northwestern, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma and others. He said he's recently been hearing more from Michigan and Michigan State.

The spring AAU period proved beneficial for Cunningham. Many of his scholarship opportunities have come following that strong stretch.

"It felt pretty good because I wanted to get my name out there so I could get more offers so I could have a bigger variety of schools to choose from," Cunningham said. "That's what I did. I was working hard in the gym."

The Fire 17U team features two Top 10 players nationally in big men Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander. The backcourt is stocked with Jalen Brunson and Miles Reynolds. The roster is loaded.

"There are so many great players on the court at once," Cunningham said. "What I try to do is rebound, hit the offensive glass, do the little things to help the team. I think I can stand out by doing those things. It shows a well-rounded game."

Iowa likes what it sees. The Hawkeyes are in heavy pursuit of a Cunningham commitment.

"They've been coming real hard," he said. "They call and text and they let me know that they'll be in the gym watching me. I really like them."

Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery is showing up at all of the Fire events.

"He's a real nice guy and I feel safe around him," Cunningham said. "He's a great coach and he could prepare me to play at the next level. I really like all their coaches a lot because they seem like nice people. I can see myself being around them on their team because I trust them."

Cunningham is working on his outside shot and ball handling this summer. He gets up and down the floor very well.

"(The Iowa coaches) feel like I fit their style of play," Cunningham said. "They like to run and they like to play defense. I love to play defense."

Cunningham said the schools that have offered him all are recruiting him at the same level.

"Every college calls me every day, texts me every day," he said. "After the (July) evaluation period, I'm going to try to narrow things down to a Top 10 or a Top 5 or something. I'll probably commit after the high school season."


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