The Class of '20: The top 20 athletes in the Class of 2020

Photo: Gregory Payan/AP

The Class of '20: The top 20 athletes in the Class of 2020

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The Class of '20: The top 20 athletes in the Class of 2020


10. Cade Cunningham

Montverde Academy’s Cade Cunningham (Photo: AP/Gregory Payan)

School: Montverde Academy (Florida)
Sport: Basketball
Position: Combo guard
College: Uncommitted

After an excellent season at Montverde, Cade Cunningham truly broke out this summer. He averaged 25.1 points on 55.7 percent shooting and 37.1 percent from 3-point in Nike EYBL while adding 6.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.4 steals per game.

Then, at the Peach Jam, he put up 24.4 points while shooting an incredible 73.8 percent from the field, with nearly all his damage coming from inside the arc (47-for-61 inside, 1-for-4 behind the 3-point line). He averaged 7.2 rebounds and six assists.

Cunningham was the star high school player on the 2019 FIBA U-19 Men’s Basketball World Cup team, putting up 21 points in the championship game, 11 of which came in the final seven minutes, and had seven rebounds and assists apiece.

That was all just this summer. Last year, he was a key cog in Montverde’s GEICO Nationals run and nearly posted a triple-double in the win over Cole Anthony’s Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia), posting 26 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.

This season, we’ll be watching to see how Cunningham handles the load without teammate Precious Achiuwa, now a Memphis freshman. He was a strong all-around player, averaging 11.4 points, 5.7 reboudns and 5.5 assists. Can Cunningham continue to put up numbers the way he has this summer?

If so, Montverde should be among the GEICO contenders again, but it could have further impact.

Draft buzz surrounding Cunningham has been surging in the wake of his dominant summer. If his season progresses similarly, could he become a No. 1 draft pick contender?


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