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Cade Cunningham is Already Recruiting Bryce Thompson

Oh boy.



On Tuesday, five-star guard Cade Cunningham went from the ranks of the uncommitted to the committed. On Wednesday, he went from the recruited to the recruiter.

In an Instagram story posted Wednesday afternoon, Cunningham, OSU’s prized recruit now of the 2020 class, shared a post from five-star prospect Bryce Thompson with the call to action to his followers to “go turn this post up.” In other words, he wants his followers to go show some love.


Aggressive, no? This falls directly in line with what Cunningham has said all along — that he wants to commit, then become a recruiter to get the best players around him. It also falls in line with what has become an increasingly popular trend in college basketball. As Gary Parrish wrote this summer, college coaches have found themselves recruiting their top guy first then unleashing them as the quazi-assistant to help recruit other talent.

Welcome to high-major basketball recruiting in 2019 — where the players, as opposed to the coaches, do a lot of the heavy lifting. It happens via Facetime. It happens via group-texts. And over the past week, here in the shadows of Cheyenne Mountain, it happened pretty much everywhere as some of the best Class of 2020 prospects who are already committed used every available opportunity to recruit for the school to which they have pledged their allegiance. [CBS Sports]

As Parrish notes here, it happens in any number of ways. Facetime. Group texts. In this case, Instagram blasts. We’ll see if it makes an impact as Bryce commits next Tuesday, but with a following of nearly 85,000 people, it’s hard to say that this won’t, in some way, make Bryce start to feel some type of way. Or as he put it on Tuesday …

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  1. Michael Smith

    November 7 at 1:27 pm

    It will take alot more than that to put that team with that coach on the National stage.. Cade would of got alot more attention playing on National Tv every nite at one of the blue bloods, but instead wanted to help his brother out which is cool.. Hopefully the coaching staff is still there next year in time for their Nit trip..

  2. TeaTown Cowboy

    November 7 at 1:29 pm

    Must’ve taken it down, I don’t see it.

  3. Adam M.

    November 7 at 1:31 pm

    Which ring leader from any other school is pulling for him in this capacity?

  4. Chris Baker

    November 7 at 1:31 pm

    The ou fans kind of crack me up about Bryce. The way it seems is he was going to KU, and these last two visits to OSU and ou were just to humor his parents in giving the in state schools one last look before he moves to Kansas. The fact he said this changes things, is not in ou’s favor at all. You would have to think it’s down to KU and us.

    • Chris Stover

      November 7 at 1:56 pm

      You might be correct. I would think the same. That OSU and KU. That said, OU was smart and gave themselves a shot by hiring Rod Thompsons best friend since his childhood to be an assistant coach. Good move by Lon to give OU a shot. Bryce would have to give us a long hard look now that we got Cade with Boone twins and our great class last year. Talent baby!

    • Gallagher? I Hardly Know Her!

      November 7 at 1:52 pm

      Totally agree. It was us and KU from all indications. The cancelling OU game and scheduling in house with Lon is to let him know they’re out of the running. “This changes things” leads me to believe he was sold on KU and is now wavering. Not necessarily set on us, but in the middle somewhat now…

    • Mullet Power

      November 7 at 1:51 pm

      i’ve felt the opposite for a while now. I thought if we landed Cade, Bryce would go elsewhere (they’re both PGs). Hope I’m wrong

      • Chris Baker

        November 7 at 1:51 pm

        I see this perspective too. I just took his tweet to mean he wasn’t signing with OSU, but now he might rethink things. Also, I don’t really see Bryce as a PG and with their size 6’5″ and 6’7″ they can both be combo guards with the ball in their hands quite a bit. Plus with that size, Bryce can easily match-up with any SG and Cade can easily guard the SF position even if he’s running the point on offense. To me, Bryce and Cade’s game compliment each other. On the flip side, Ice might be the one who misses some playing time. I love Ice and what he brings, but if we can go with a lineup of 6’7″ Cade at the point his natural position, 6’5″ Thompson at the SG, Boone at the SF, Boone/Thor/Brown(pipe dream) at the PF, and Yori at C we should. Ice is a threat to drive for sure, but unless he develops some kind of shot, his game is limited, in a way Cunningham and Thompson’s won’t be.

  5. TeaTown Cowboy

    November 7 at 1:31 pm

    Would’ve been nice if you would have embedded the tweet so we could HEART it instead of having to look for it. IJS. 🙂

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