Michael Cuffee, a hard-nosed 6-4, 200 pound forward from Neosho County C.C. in Chanute, Kan., is one of the top sophomore players in the Jayhawk Conference this season.
Cuffee, a product of Simon Gratz H.S. in Philadelphia, is a warrior who is relentless on both ends of the glass. His fine play has sparked the Panthers to an 11-2 start this season, including a victory over then top-ranked Barton County C.C. of Great Bend, Kan.
Neosho Head Coach Craig Fletchall told Rivalshoops.com that Cuffee took an official visit in October to Old Dominion University. Others in the mix with Cuffee include Missouri-Kansas City, Cleveland State, UW-Milwaukee and South Alabama.
Despite battling a tough cold, Cuffee helped Neosho County to a pair of victories at the recent Jayhawk Shootout. Cuffee registered 17 points and seven rebounds in the Panthers' win over Brown Mackie College, and followed up a day later with 19 points and 11 rebounds in a victory over Cloud County C.C.
Despite being a bit undersized, Cuffee does most of his handiwork around the basket. He can step out to the perimeter a bit and shoot it, but his bread and butter is scoring and scrapping around the cup.
Fletchall said that Cuffee could be tight on graduation, and you can count on Rivalshoops.com to keep you posted on his academics and recruitment as the spring approaches.