Jared Cunningham Emerging As Two-Way Star For Oregon State
Oregon State's Jared Cunningham has emerged as the kind of offensive player to match his stature as one of the best defensive wings in the country.
Cunningham is averaging 26 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.
“He does everything for us,” head coach Craig Robinson said. “He guards the best guy. He scores points. He makes assists. He makes his foul shots. The magnitude of what he had to do today, on this stage and in this tournament against this team, is big time. And it’s getting to be a regular thing with Jared.”
Cunningham is becoming a finisher offensively toward the end of games.
“I feel like I can be that decision maker in the end,” Cunningham said. “That comes with confidence, and that comes with a lot of pressure on your shoulders, but I feel like I can take it on.”
Cunningham has scored 72 points over the course of his last two games.
“Jared has evolved as a player since I saw him when he was a sophomore (in high school) and I was at Brown and trying to recruit him before he blew up,” Robinson said. “He has just come a long way. The reason is because he is extremely receptive to coaching. He wants to get better and what you saw out there was a culmination of his hard work.”