Basketball prohibited in the state of Oklahoma after the season; Top recruit could go to the NBA G League
After the Oklahoma state basketball program has been banned for one year after the season, the focus is on Cade Cunningham and his next move.
The penalties result from an FBI investigation into bribes that were accepted by former deputy head coach Lamont Evans.
It is a significant development considering that Cunningham, who is committed to the state of Oklahoma, has been classified as one No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2020 (247Sports) and the No. 2 overall recruit in the ESPN100.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Cunningham is now evaluating its options for the future, as Jonathan Givony of ESPN tweets.
According to Jeff Goodman, Cunningham declined a lucrative offer from the G League Elite program that was believed to cost at least as much as Jalen Green (in the $ 500,000 range).
Cunningham was not really interested at the time, but now it will be interesting to see if he is interested and if the offer is increased.
Engagement for another school is still an option for Cunningham, but given the choice of other top prospects to skip college, like Green, Isaiah Todd, and Kai Sotto, chances are pretty good that he’ll take the path of the G League decides.
Here’s a look at what makes the 6-foot-7 security guard Cunningham one of the best prospects for the 2021 NBA draft: