Texas Lands 2018 Forward Brock Cunningham


Brock Cunningham, the 6-foot-7 small forward from Westlake (TX) High School, announced his commitment to Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns on Friday via Twitter.

“It felt like a good fit,” Cunningham told ESPN. “From what I hear, coach [Shaka] Smart is a player’s coach. He spends a lot of time with them. He won’t be distant.”

According to 247Sports, Cunningham is ranked as the No. 126 overall player in the Class of 2018 and the No. 9 player from the state of Texas. He is the first commit in Texas’ 2018 class.

Cunningham, whose father, Ed Cunningham, was an offensive lineman at Texas, started to receive interest from the Longhorns after a breakout spring AAU season. Playing with Urban ASAK Elite on the Adidas Gauntlett circuit, Cunningham averaged 22.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game this summer.

“I went to a bunch of games when I was little,” Brock said of the Longhorns. “I remember they were playing some Big 12 team; I said I want to play in that burnt orange one day. It has been a little bit of a dream of mine.”

Cunningham chose the Longhorns over schools such as Oklahoma, Gonzaga, Houston, Missouri, Oklahoma State, and Tulane, among others. His only official visit came last month (June 21) to Oklahoma.

2018 point guard Quentin Grimes, who cut his list on Thursday also has Texas on his list. In addition to Cunningham and Grimes, the Longhorns coaching staff are also in pursuit 2018 top-100 prospects Keldon Johnson, Simi Shittu, and Kamaka Hepa. 

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