4-star SF Josh Cunningham visiting NU

It's another good sign for Northwestern basketball recruiting. Find out more in this PurpleWildcats.com update.

Four-star small forward Josh Cunningham of Morgan Park HS (Ill.) will visit Northwestern today. One of many Mac Irvin Fire (AAU) standouts, Cunningham received an offer early in the Chris Collins era. He earned some attention from former NU assistant Tavaras Hardy, and the new head coach enjoyed the local star's style of play.

After Vic Law–also a four-star small forward–committed to NU, he promised to help recruit Cunningham—his friend. Cunningham is a lengthy, athletic player and the two would easily co-exist if they ever became part of the hypothetical best recruiting class in program history.

Cunningham plans to delay his college decision until next spring. Looking to build its first class quickly, NU badly wants to land Cunningham but will also keep its best interests in mind. That means planning for the worst case, in this situation. Collins and his staff will look everywhere to find the perfect four-man class, which could even expand in the case of a surprise departure. NU will try its hardest to land Cunningham, but the late decision isn't ideal.

NU has focused on relatively few targets, one staple of the new regime. With Law and Gavin Skelly on board, the coaches focused on potential four-year starting point guard Bryant McIntosh. They also plan to make a late run at four-star power forward Chris Egi, who plans on reclassifying to the group of 2014.

It marks another excellent sign that Cunningham is continuing to show interest in NU. With his recruitment wide open for the time being, the Wildcats will get a fair shot at landing another program-turning talent. They won't slow their ambitious plans regardless of which school Cunningham chooses. Still, they're in the running for another four-star target.


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