Both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State desperately need depth at guard.
The programs’ rosters were hit hard this offseason with departures, but the Cowboys and Sooners have taken to the graduate-transfer market.
South Carolina Upstate guard Mike Cunningham is looking for a new home this offseason. And Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are hoping to land the 6-foot, 185-pound guard, according to FanRagSports.com reporter Jon Rothstein.
USC Upstate grad transfer Mike Cunningham will visit Oklahoma (4/19), Oklahoma State (4/22) and Louisville (4/25), per a source. Decision to come soon after.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 10, 2018
Cunningham was a three-year starter at USC Upstate. He developed into a solid scorer, averaging 12.3 points per game over three seasons.
Cunningham scored a career-best 13.7 points per game his during the 2017-18 season, but USC Upstate went an abysmal 7-25.
Cunningham only has one year of eligibility remaining, but he’ll immediately be able to play wherever he goes.
Why Oklahoma needs Cunningham
Oklahoma signed Pacific graduate transfer Miles Reynolds on Saturday, but the Sooners still have some ground to make up after losing Trae Young (NBA Draft), Jordan Shepherd (transfer) and Kameron McGusty (transfer).
Cunningham would be a solid scoring option for a team that struggled to find its touch at times last season. Oklahoma needs a point guard that can create shots for himself and his teammates, as well as provide leadership. Injecting Reynolds and Cunningham into the rotation could be just what coach Lon Kruger’s team needs.
Why Oklahoma State needs Cunningham
Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton found success with graduate transfer Kendall Smith, and he might be able to do the same with Cunningham. The Cowboys lost Smith (graduation), Jeffrey Carroll (graduation), Tavarius Shine (graduation) and Brandon Averette (transfer) this offseason.
The Cowboys got by last season with experience and Boynton’s brilliant coaching in big games. Oklahoma State will need to find new leaders next season, but Cunningham could easily step in right away and be a sparkplug for the Cowboys.