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Recruiting decision day: Josh Cunningham

Will the wing choose St. John's?

One of Chicago's best remaining players decides on a school for 2014 this afternoon. Will he choose St. John's?
One of Chicago's best remaining players decides on a school for 2014 this afternoon. Will he choose St. John's?
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St. John's is still hunting for talent in the 2014 class, with up to five more scholarships available after the signing of Adonis Delarosa.

One player the Johnnies have turned their eye to is Chicago's Josh Cunningham, a 6'6" wing out of Morgan Park who makes his decision today.

Cunningham is supposedly considering Bradley along with St. John's; Creighton, Indiana and South Carolina have been said to be in the mix. He made an official visit (supposedly) to DePaul this week, and Iowa State was also mentioned for him.

Interested early, St. John's got more interested in Cunningham in the late period as he was still uncommitted after a season with Morgan Park High in Chicago's tough Public League. He's a power forward with some bounce, and should play small forward on the college level.

To ESPN [Insider] he said he is "looking for a school where I have a good chance to earn minutes as a freshman and a coaching staff that will push me to my potential." The link above has ESPN's Paul Biancardi breaking down his game as well.

Cunningham would be a solid get for the Red Storm late in the 2014 recruiting cycle. No only do the Johnnies have a number of open scholarships open, but the team is lacking in proven offensive players after the 2015 season. With D`Angelo Harrison, Phil Greene IV, Sir`Dominic Pointer and Jamal Branch graduating - and with with Chris Obekpa and Rysheed Jordan likely thinking about professional opportunities - the core of the team will be gone.

Even if St. John's lands high-level talents like Isaiah Briscoe and Cheick Diallo, the team needs some returnees to lead the way. Cunningham could be part of that mix.

Cunningham's athleticism and length would work well in pressure defense, and the toughness from playing in Chicago's Public League against the likes of Cliff Alexander and Jahlil Okafor could have benefits as well.

Josh Cunningham Video

Cunningham interviewed about his game by the Chicago Sun-Times - a lot of talk about defense:

A full mixtape from last season (with jump shots).

The requisite Ball is Life dunk mixtape. Spoiler alert: he can dunk.

He announces at 5.30 [Central Time] today.