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Cunningham commits to USC-Upstate

DuVal 6-foot-2 combo guard Michael Cunningham, who was forced to sit out his senior campaign after being ruled ineligible, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at the University of South Carolina-Upstate.

The Spartans, who compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference, finished 19-15 overall and 11-7 in the league during the 2013-2014 campaign.

Cunningham began his high school career playing in the ultra-competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. He played on the junior varsity squad at Archbishop Carroll as a true freshman during the 2009-2010 campaign before transferring to Paul VI Catholic where he spent his sophomore and junior seasons.

He left Paul VI for DuVal and reclassified to the class of 2014. He was listed as a junior during the 2012-2013 season despite playing four years of high school basketball.

However, an internal investigation found that Cunningham had used up his eligibility and had to sit out his senior season at DuVal.

Ron Bailey, Publisher of i95ballerz.com, described Cunningham as “a backcourt guy capable of playing both guard positions, Cunningham has made a reputation as a player that puts the rock in the hole.”

Cunningham averaged a team-high 18.1 points per game at DuVal during the 2012-2013 season and led the Tigers to an 18-5 record. On the AAU circuit, Cunningham has played for both of the area’s preeminent programs in Team Takeover and D.C. Assault and received his first college offer from Towson in March of 2013. He also received offers from LIU and Robert Morris among others.

In March, Cunningham played in the inaugural Crab Ball Classic and scored nine points for Team Washington in a 135-132 loss to Baltimore.

“In college,” added Bailey, “Cunningham must think more like a point guard – he can pass, but clearly enjoys scoring more.”

                                                                                                                                      

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