Arizona State is off to a hot start in the class of 2009. The Sun Devils landed a second commitment from a top 100 player on Thursday when Jared Cunningham announced he would play for the program.
Herb Sendek and staff secured an early pledge from Cunningham, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound point guard from San Leandro (Calif.) High School.
"First thing was the coaching staff. They really liked me and I really liked them. I had a really good report with them. The climate there is really nice and the campus is really, really nice. I felt like that would be a good place for me. I like it out there. The academics are good. It had it all."
Cunningham, the No. No. 81 prospect in the class of 2009, joins Minnesota shooting guard Trent Lockett (No. 98 in the nation) in the 2009 recruiting class for the Pac-10 school.
Cunningham said he liked the vision that Sendek has for him in the backcourt for ASU. The junior said Sendek envisions him in the same mold as a former ACC star.
"He said he's going to use me just like he used Julius Hodge. He said he wanted to have a big point guard and have someone that can score and do whatever it takes."
Cunningham said his other finalists were San Diego State, Washington State and Cal.