Player Profile: Cannen Cunningham

Demetrio profiles SMU senior big man Cannen Cunningham, who could see expanded minutes this season!

Cannen Cunningham Player Profile
Position: Center
Size: 6-10, 225 pounds
Year: Senior
High School: As a three year letterman for Lamar High School Cunningham was the District 4-5A Defensive MVP and First-Team All-District during his junior season and District 4-5A Offensive MVP and another All-District nod as a senior.
Hometown: Arlington, Texas
Recruitment: Cunningham was a four-star recruit and was rated as 18th among centers in the 2011 class. Cunningham chose SMU over Arkansas, Boston College, Purdue, Texas Tech and others.

2013-14 recap

Had an overall solid year and was a productive role player for Larry Brown. Cunningham averaged 5.1 points and 2.8 boards in 12.9 minutes over 37 games last season. However, he really came into his own later in the season and performed well, especially in the NIT. In SMU’s first round win over UC Irvine, coming off the bench Cunningham posted a season-high 17 points, three rebounds, two blocks, and two steals in 20 minutes.
Grade: B-

Outlook in 2014

Currently, Cunningham has 110 blocks during his SMU career, which is good for seventh all-time in program history. His minutes should stay about the same this season, so his level of production shouldn’t change too much. He’ll most likely be backing up Yanick Moreira when the season starts and barring injury, that shouldn’t change either. Cunningham can score in double figures if he needs to, but the most valuable things he brings to the table are his shot blocking and rebounding ability- rebounds being the more important of the two. With his minutes being cut basically in half last season, Cunningham had to get used to more of a reserve role. This season he should be used to it and more comfortable coming off the bench. I wouldn’t be surprised if he flirted with a double digit scoring average all year long and finishes with an average somewhere around eight or nine points a game. You can still expect him to make at least one block and grab a couple rebounds a game. And it’s within the realm of possibility that he over takes Patrick Simpson (2001-05) who is fourth on the SMU all-time blocked shots list with 155.

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