Forward Reputation Lands Pittsburgh Interest

<b>LOS ANGELES, Calif. --</b> Dante Cunningham had a good reputation coming into the summer, and he's done nothing but enhance his stock with his fine play for the D.C. Assault program.<br><br> Cunningham, a consistent 6-6, 215 pound power/combo forward, netted 20 points on Tuesday night as D.C. Assault cruised to a 67-41 victory over IEBP #2 here at the Best of the Summer Tournament.

Following the game, Cunningham shared his thoughts on the recruiting process. He said that he's received scholarship offers from George Washington, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Villanova and Charlotte.

N.C. State is another program on his list, but the Wolfpack have yet to offer.

"My parents want to come to the games, so the school I am going to pick has to be no more than a three or four hour drive from home," said the Silver Spring, Md., native who attends St. John's College H.S. in Washington, D.C.

There's also some academic considerations that could come into play.

"The college has to have a law school and a criminal justice major," Cunningham continued. "I am also looking for a place where I fit in and have a chance to come in and play."

As a junior this past season at St. John's College H.S., Cunningham averaged 10 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks per game.

As his stats illustrate, Cunningham is more of a power player at this stage. He's a good athlete with the ability to score around the basket, and he possesses nice shooting touch out to about 15 feet.

He also moves laterally well enough to defend the three slot, but will need to improve his handle and extend the range of his shot if he is to make the transition to that position down the road.

Dante Cunningham will complete a busy summer with D.C. Assault here at the Best of the Summer. He began the July evaluation period at the adidas Superstars Camp in Atlanta, and then traveled with D.C. Assault to the Reebok Summer Classic East in New Jersey and the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas.

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