During the fall, four-star forward Josh Cunningham took four official visits. Rather than make a decision, the star at Chicago (Ill.) Morgan Park decided to take his time, play out his senior year and make sure that he made the best decision for him.
So far, it is a decision that looks to be paying off for the 6-foot-7 forward. An athletic and versatile player who plays inside and out, Cunningham has had a big senior year.
"It's going pretty well, it's going real well actually," Morgan Park head coach Nick Irvin told Rivals.com. "He's averaging like 23 points and 15 rebounds a game."
Currently ranked as the No. 80 player in the senior class, Cunningham often has to play on the interior on the high school level. However, he has proven wing skills and can be a match-up problem because of his ability to play multiple spots.
"The thing that might surprise some people is that he can really put the ball on the floor," said Irvin. "In practice you can see the potential in him making moves to the basket and getting it off the bounce. He can shoot it better than people have seen too.
"He needs to continue to get better on his dribbling the ball and making sure he is always running the floor."
Watch Cunningham play and his toughness stands out as well. He backs down from no opponent, plays very strong given his wiry frame and he's always been one to make hustle plays.
"He rebounds out of his area and he plays defense," said Irvin. "He does that and he's very athletic. Once it all comes together and he gets to a nice program where everybody can see it."
During the Fall, Cunningham used official visits to check out Creighton, Iowa State, Bradley and Oklahoma. The Cyclones are out, but Minnesota, Indiana, South Carolina, St. John's, DePaul and Michigan State are involved as well. Only the Spartans have yet to offer and Irvin feels that could be coming soon.
"I think they just need to see him play another time," said Irvin of Michigan State. "From talking to him they really like him and he's their type of guy. I think they'll offer here soon."
Cunningham had planned to take an unofficial trip to Indiana a few weeks ago but the visit had to be canceled.
"He wasn't able to make it down to Indiana because of the weather," said Irvin. "He will get there and Michigan State to see a game. He'll use his official visit for somewhere that is more distant."
Now, Cunningham and Morgan Park are focused on trying to win a City Public League title and defending their state title. After things slow down, it will be time to move on to making a decision.
"I think that the end of March will be when he really decides where he wants to go," said Irvin. "But he has to have an open mind and if the best thing comes before then he has to go. He's taking his time and he's told me that this is the decision of his life and he knows when he gets somewhere he needs to make it work.
"This is the first major decision he has to make as a young man and he wants to be comfortable."
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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