There are high hopes for Bradley forward Josh Cunningham, despite his freshman standing. Cunningham is not the typical Missouri Valley Conference recruit, as he was a Top 100 player coming out of Morgan Park High School in Chicago.
The start of Cunningham’s career has not been flawless, but the 6-foot-7 forward plays a key role for the Braves.
Bradley visited Loyola Wednesday for its MVC opener, which Loyola won 64-49. Cunningham posted eight points and 10 rebounds, and Loyola coach Porter Moser had only good things to say about him after the game.
“Josh Cunningham is gonna be a really good player in this league,” Moser said. “He’s a handful. On the glass, in the post. I think he’s a load in this league. He’s got a knack for the ball off the glass. Some guys just have that natural knack as it comes off and you can go get it. And then he’s long and athletic to go with that.”
Cunningham is averaging 6.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 26.6 minutes per game. He posted a pair of double-doubles in December, and nearly got a third Wednesday against Loyola.
With his size and skill set, Cunningham can play both the small and power forward positions, which is why Moser calls him “a mismatch guy.”
“When you can play him at two different positions, it makes your opposing coach make some decisions,” Moser said. “The thing you like about a kid like that is that his numbers aren’t through the roof scoring-wise right now, but he’s putting up double figure rebounds. You like that, and then when the scoring comes, that’s what I mean, he’s gonna be a load. He’s gonna be a double-double guy.”
Bradley and Cunnnigham continue Valley play with their conference home opener Saturday against Southern Illinois.