On Friday afternoon, the NCAA announced that it would impose its first sentence on a school linked to the university hoops scandal, granting the Oklahoma State a ban a year after the season for the coming season and three years probation, among many other fines and recruitment. limits.
Cade Cunningham’s situation immediately became the hottest story in the basketball world, with analysts spending the weekend determining whether or not the nation’s No. 1 prospect would retreat from its commitment to the state. from Oklahoma and would explore its options for moving forward.
Today, Rivals recruiting expert Corey Evans wrote in a Twitter Tuesday segment that he expected a mass exodus to Oklahoma State, distinguishing Cunningham as one of the players with a difficult decision to make in the near future.
And yes, he did raise Kentucky as a potential option if the five-star goalkeeper walked away from the table in Stillwater, distinguishing the Wildcats, the professional route, and sitting a year as three options on the table.
“We now know that the OSU will not be allowed to enter the playoffs next season and because of this we may see an exodus of talent from it, including some of its top five 2020 recruiting courses. deciding not to register, “says Evans. “… Mike Boynton will do everything he can to keep his list intact, but rest assured, the forgery has already started and you will see at least a few leaving the program in the coming weeks.
“The next issue is Cade Cunningham’s condition,” said Evans. “The five-star chose OSU over Kentucky in the fall and if it decides to opt out, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the UK among its top contenders. However, his options are not limited to college; the G League delayed him. He would also look into playing professionally abroad, particularly in Australia. He is even believed to be able to sit all year round and train with his family in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. ”
In an interview with Cats Illustrated’s insider and sources, podcast co-host David Sisk – and shared by Tipton Edits on Instagram – Rivals recruiting expert Corey Evans said this weekend that Cunningham should join Kentucky during his official visit to Big Blue Madness.
Instead, his family persuaded him not to make an abrupt decision.
“Yes, he was as close as possible to enlist during the visit to Kentucky,” Evans told Sisk. “It took his mother and family to pull him out and sort of see the big picture, not just react immediately and get involved.”
Although Evans is not shy about shedding light on the UK’s previous position with the five-star guard, the recruitment expert said Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader that he still thinks the two best options for Cunningham right now are a return to the OSU and the start of his professional career.
“There will be a variety of options, and rightly so,” said Evans. “He is the No. 1 player in America. … Maybe I’m alone in there, but – unless something happens – I don’t see him going to college anywhere other than Oklahoma State. But who knows what’s going on with his brother on the staff. Is someone trying to get in and hire the brother out of Oklahoma State? And in doing so bring Cade with him? We will see. ”
When asked about Kentucky in particular, Evans told the Herald-Leader that if he still favors the professional option or if he remains firmly committed to the OSU, the UK’s previous relationship United with Cunningham and the elite potential of the team is something to watch out for on the road.
“It sort of speaks for itself. Their ceiling for success is hugely raised, “Evans told Roberts. “And, as we know, the relationship that Cade and his family developed with Cal and this program and how close he was to engaging in Kentucky in the first place – that would certainly line up. ”
“It could really force [Calipari’s] hand, for the better, ”continued Evans. “You have several guys aged 6 to 6 or more. You have a guy like Cade who is so versatile – he could play a hell of a “4” if you needed to. It would force Cal’s hand. And I think it would be a hand that Cal would definitely agree to. ”
Evans reiterated that Cunningham is unlikely to be in a rush to make a decision about his future. However, when the time comes to make a decision, expect him to shake the basketball world in some way.