Class of 2014 forward Josh Cunningham commits to Bradley

  • 04/29/2014 6:33 pm in

Class of 2014 forward Josh Cunningham, a two-time state champion at Morgan Park in Chicago, announced a commitment to Bradley on Tuesday night.

Cunningham announced his decision following a ceremony at Morgan Park where the team was recognized for a second straight Class 3A state championship.

Indiana had Cunningham on campus in early March for an unofficial visit for the Ohio State game, which the Hoosiers won, 72-64.

In recent weeks, he took an official visit to South Carolina and unofficial visits to St. John’s and DePaul. He also considered Creighton and Oklahoma.

Rated the No. 107 player nationally in the 247Composite, Cunningham was the most prominent recruiting target still left on the board for Indiana in the class of 2014.

As a senior at Morgan Park, he averaged 21.6 points and 14.5 rebounds per game.

The Hoosiers have signed three class of 2014 prospects — James Blackmon Jr., Max Hoetzel and Robert Johnson — and have commitments from Jeremiah April and Tim Priller.

(Photo credit: Worsom Robinson/For Sun-Times Media)

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  • IUDan

    Just stop … Please …

  • ForeverIU

    So good to hear. When I read “graveyard” I felt sad. No basketball program should become a graveyard. I’m glad they are rebuilding.

  • ForeverIU

    I think as our recruiting took shape, it became clear to him that we will not have a leading role for him his first year. Perhaps if he’d committed to us earlier we would have tailored something for him. I think it’s a mutually beneficial situation; a lot changes from the time we offer a scholly.

  • Bled4IU

    Josh wanted to go to a school were he has a chance to be the man. That wasn’t going to happen at IU. He would have came off the bench with the talent we have at his position. He will most likely be a starter at Bradley, good for him.

  • Rie

    It is upsetting that you are ashamed to be a Hoosier right now. There are always misguided fanatics in every fanbase and letting them reflect Hoosier Nation as a whole is how they win or their voice is heard above the rest. I agree some people take it too far, but I in no way would associate myself with this small fraction of people, or let them drag me down to the point where I am ashamed to be what I am, which is a proud Hoosier.

  • PacoTaco

    The kid had connections at Bradley so he wanted to go there. You’ll be eating your words in 2 or 3 years when our team is a bunch of juniors and seniors who can shoot the lights out.

  • SCHoosier

    Congrats on another brilliant post! Not.

  • William Hagenmaier

    welcome back david

  • RMK

    This is a good thing for IU. Not that he won’t be a solid player at the next level, but after April and Priller, it seems like the scholarship would be better to give to a fifth year guy who will act as a place holder for next year.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    guess he wants to be the next hersey hawkins. o well, i think we’ll be fine without him.

  • bill

    Kelvin Sampson could get him…

  • bill

    I’d say St. John’s is even more surprised, they will probably be stronger than we will this year and need a wing.

  • INUnivHoosier

    It’s been a long time since I “downvoted” someone because I think it is a stupid function, but you have pulled me out of my slumber.

  • INUnivHoosier

    You have been downvoted.

    Out-recruited by Bradley my foot.

  • JetpackJunky

    I’ve said it on other boards, I would love Fuller even without Gant. He’s a great assistant coach and he’s a year or two away from being an HC somewhere which will look good for Crean’s coaching tree. The fact that he probably comes with Gant is just sprinkles on the frosting on the cake.

  • David Macer

    GS – We did have the talent. But sometimes team chemistry gets in the way. Lets hope this current group of players can bond better. Because of they do and play like we know they can play, it will be “Katie bar the door !!”

  • David Macer

    Yeah, he could send him a text…….now.

  • David Macer

    DePaul has not had anything since Ray Meyer retired in the 80’s. Kinda sad. Loved watching Mark Aguirre tear everybody up in college.

  • calbert40

    I agree. Some players want to be “the man.” Cunningham would have been a role player, at least initially, at IU. At Bradley, he probably starts from day 1, and is the highest rated recruit they’ve probably had for quite awhile.

    There are literally dozens of reasons that a single recruit would pick School A over Schools B through F. Unless Cunningham tells us his true reason, we are left to speculate.

  • FinEndNow

    Gant or no Gant?

  • Bryce Kepner

    Frank Cusumano ?@Frank_Cusumano 1h
    I’ve been told #Mizzou and Tim Fuller have reached an agreement and that he will stay at Mizzou #ksdk

    Gabe DeArmond ?@GabeDeArmond 31m
    Jakeenan Gant, the No. 52 player in the Class of 2014 told @btaustin minutes ago he will stick with his commitment to #Mizzou

  • JJ

    You don’t think fans have the right to be alarmed that a player picked Bradley over IU when IU had a clear need and probably PT right away?

  • CreanFaithful

    Nope