Sources: Pistons to take Cunningham at No. 1


The Detroit Pistons have landed on a call to pick Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham with the No. 1 decide in Thursday evening’s NBA Draft, sources informed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Detroit officers traveled to New York on Wednesday, met with Cunningham a last time and finalized the choice to decide on him at No.1 in conferences this morning, sources informed Wojnarowski.

Cunningham is a dynamic 6-foot-8 level guard who accomplished his lone freshman season as Massive 12 Participant of the Yr and a consensus All-American.


Cunningham, who received the Wayman Tisdale Award as the highest freshman in faculty basketball, led the Massive 12 in scoring with 20.1 factors per recreation — the fourth-highest mark by a freshman in league historical past — whereas additionally rating within the high 10 in rebounding (6.2, ninth), discipline purpose proportion (.438, eighth) and free throw proportion (.846, third).

Cunningham typically saved his greatest moments for late-game surges. In his most dynamic efficiency, he scored 10 of his 40 factors in additional time to assist the Cowboys win at rival Oklahoma. He completed his faculty profession by scoring 24 factors in Oklahoma State’s 80-70 loss to Oregon State within the second spherical of the NCAA event.

Detroit, after taking three gamers within the first spherical of final yr’s draft — Killian Hayes (seventh), Isaiah Stewart (sixteenth) and Saddiq Bey (nineteenth) — will now add a high-end expertise to its combine. It is going to be the Pistons’ first top-five choice since they took Darko Milicic second total in 2003, and their third previously 40 years. In addition they took Grant Hill third total in 1994.

Detroit, which completed 20-52 final season, has the highest total decide for the primary time since drafting Corridor of Fame heart Bob Lanier out of St. Bonaventure in 1970.

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