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Prospect Profile

Jared Cunningham

  • Full Name: Jared Cunningham
  • Position: Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-4 / 194
  • Birthdate: May 22, 1991
  • College: Oregon State
Cleveland Cavaliers (Traded to Dallas Mavericks) Round 1: Pick 24
 

Strengths:
*Length
*Ball-hawk who gets a lot of steals
*Good athlete
*Gets to the free-throw line a ton
*Competes
*Good passer

Weaknesses:
*Has to get bigger and stronger
*3-point shot could become more consistent

NBA projection:
Cunningham surprised some pundits by declaring for the draft, but NBA scouts have been intrigued with his athleticism, including speed, an ability to get to the basket and leaping ability.

2011-12 Season:
Cunningham was chosen first-team All-Pac-12, earned a spot on the league’s all-defensive team and was also chosen to the Pac-12 All-Tournament team after a strong season in which he finished second in the league in scoring — just a tenth of a point behind Washington State’s Brock Motum — and first in steals.

Key statistics:
17.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.8 tpg, 2.5 spg, 34.6 mpg, .4504 FG, .338 3PT, .737 FT

Cool statistic:
Cunningham leaves Oregon State with 11 school records, including tying Gary Payton’s mark of 91 steals as a junior. He also tied a record with eight steals in a game (Brent Barry and Seth Tarver).

Reminds me of:
Russell Westbrook

What Insiders Say:
Oregon State coach Craig Robinson
"Jared has evolved as a player since I saw him when he was a sophomore [in high school] and I was at Brown and trying to recruit him before he blew up. He has just come a long way. The reason is because he is extremely receptive to coaching. He wants to get better, and what you saw out there was a culmination of his hard work.
“We get to see it all the time out west. He does everything for us. He guards the best guy. He scores points. He makes assists. He makes his foul shots."

What Outsiders Say:
Washington State coach Ken Bone
“He’s really hard to guard. If he doesn’t have a good scoring night, it’s more that he didn’t have a good game than anything [the defense] can do.”

UCLA coach Ben Howland
“A special player. … It’s incredible when you look at his numbers. Compare him to our guys, it’s not even close. That’s like half of our team free throws on the season.”
 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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