Wildcats in on Cunningham

Josh Cunningham spoke to Purple Wildcats after his Mac Irvin Fire AAU squad earned a 100-48 victory on Saturday morning. PW learned on Saturday that he's been receiving some NU interest.

FORT WAYNE, Ind.— With continued strong play, Josh Cunningham might find himself squarely in the Northwestern recruiting picture. The three-star power forward of Mac Irvin Fire and Morgan Park HS (Ill.) is another local name worthy of attention.

Cunningham began to receive interest from the Wildcats during the Carmody era. He spoke with assistant coach Tavaras Hardy, and when he went to a late-season game, felt as though his game would fit within the Princeton offense.

"[NU interest] picked up towards the end of my high school season," Cunningham said. "He was saying that they really wanted me, and that it was my style of play."

That system changed when Chris Collins took the helm, but NU is still actively pursuing the solid 6-7 big man. Cunningham still hears from Hardy on a regular basis, and logic would suggest that given his skillset, an offer might be on its way.

Collins hopes to begin his coaching career by establishing strong local ties, and Cunningham would mark another positive step in that regard.

For Cunningham, the next step is to develop an understanding of Collins—and figure out whether the new-look NU still caters to his game. Still, with Collins' strong coaching pedigree, it seems to Cunningham like the right hire.

"I feel like he'll be a great coach for this staff," Cunningham said. "I really want to get to know him better."

In spite of the Fire's lopsided 100-48 victory against Indiana Dawgs on Saturday morning, Cunningham still feels the urge to improve. At times, his offensive game failed to click.

"I didn't do as well as I wanted," he said. "Hopefully, my shot will start falling."

This perfectionist mentality runs in his game. It's something that attracts coaches. His offers include Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina and DePaul.

With NU's dire need for size, another offer could be on the way. The staff's sustained interest is something to watch out for.

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