UofL Basketball picked up a commitment today. It’s been a long time since that sentence has been written and it feels glorious. The committed player is 6’2 Grad Transfer PG Christen Cunningham out of Samford University.
Cunningham is actually from Georgetown, KY. He attended Henry Clay High School in Lexington and played for former UofL player Ellis Myles on his Louisville Magic AAU team. While at Samford, Cunningham was coached by Scott Padgett who is from Louisville and played under Pitino at that school down the road.
At Samford, Cunningham was a true PG. He was an excellent ball handler and floor leader with a physical style of play. Cunningham showed the ability to get to the rack and finish through contact. He has a nice midrange and 3 point shot. Where Cunningham truly shines, however, is his passing ability. He makes really nifty passes and his court vision allows him to see guys before they are open.
Per samfordsports.com, Cunningham averaged 11.4 points per game, 6.3 assists per game, and 2.8 rebounds per game in the 2016-2017 season. He shot 42% from the field, 35% from 3 point range, and 82% from the free throw line that season. He missed almost all of last season due to illness per Evan Daniels.
Those are very solid numbers, especially from the free throw line. That, along with his strong ball handling and decision-making, would make him invaluable at the end of close games.
UofL and Coach Mack needed to add quality depth at the guard spot for the coming year and they got it in Christen Cunningham. He will be a solid, veteran presence on this relatively young team.
Check out some of his highlights from Samford below courtesy of Brandon Goble’s YouTube channel.