Cunningham picks up Gopher Offer

New Head Coach Richard Pitino and Minnesota recently offered Chicago (IL.) Morgan Park shooting forward Josh Cunningham and he talks about the offer, new man in charge for the Gophers and much more

Many recruits have taken to the camp circuit this summer and really tried to show what they got, but Chicago (IL.) Morgan Park shooting forward Josh Cunningham has done just that by receiving high remarks from his performances.

"I think my summer is going good with all the camps I have went to and I think I am improving every tournament," Cunningham told GopherDigest. "I think I did pretty good at the last tournament and I showed the coaches my hustle, energy and felt like I shoot the ball pretty well."

The 6-7, 195-pound versatile playermaker is ranked the No. 27 shooting forward in the nation and a three star recruit by Fox Sports NEXT, which doesn't come as a surprise with offers from South Carolina, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa, DePaul, Northwestern and Bradley.

However, he recently added another offer when Head Coach Richard Pitino and Minnesota joined the mix by offering Cunnningham. He reflects on that moment he got the news and talks about what he thinks of Coach Pitino.

"The way I found out about the Minnesota offer was by I was talking to Coach Pitino and he told me that they like to offer me a scholarship," said Cunningham. "He wanted to offer me he said because the way I play, my hustle and liked everything about my game. When he told me the news, I was just super excited."

"I haven't really seen him coach before, but I heard a lot of good things about him. I heard he is a really good coach and can prepare you for the next level. I know he is a pretty good person and he is not one of those coaches that doesn't care about his team. That is what is really important is that he cares about his team and doesn't throw them to the side."

While Cunningham's recruitment is only growing and rising, he has become not a huge fan of the whole process, but knows it could be worse and explains what is next on his to do list.

"At first I was enjoying the recruiting process, but now it is a little hectic," said Cunningham. "It still isn't as bad as it could be. I got quite a few offers. All the teams are the same right now and no one is sticking out to me. I like to take some visits during the school year, but I'm not sure why I will be visiting quite yet. I could see myself visiting Minnesota during the school year, though."

The attention is understandable for the highly touted shooting forward as his game is very dynamic, but he is still working to mold his game around one of the best players in the NBA.

"I am very athletic and can shoot the ball pretty good. I can hit the offensive glass and defensive glass really good. My weakness is probably dribbling the ball, but I feel that is getting a lot better, so I need to keep working on that."

"I want to have my game to be like Kevin Durant's game. I like that he is a tall guard basically and he bring the ball to pass or shoot. He can get to the rim if he needs to as well, so he has the whole package."

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