Chaps for­ward com­mits to UT

Cen­tral Texas player of year is state’s ninth-best prospect, 247Sports says.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Brian Davis bdavis@states­ Cun­ning­ham

Texas coach Shaka Smart, who as­sem­bled a stun­ning 2017 re­cruit­ing class, took his first step to­ward 2018 sim­ply by go­ing across town.

West­lake High School’s Brock Cun­ning­ham, a 6-foot-6, four-star for­ward, said Fri­day he was com­mit­ting to Texas over Penn and Ok­la­homa. The reign­ing Cen­tral Texas player of the year is con­sid­ered the ninth-best prospect in the state, ac­cord­ing to 247Sports.

“I’ve known for a cou­ple of days,” said Cun­ning­ham, who made his an­nounce­ment while in Hous­ton for the Adi­das Na­tion tour­na­ment. “Just wanted to see how it felt, let it sit and made it pub­lic.”

The Longhorns have a solid his­tory of land­ing West­lake big men. The school pro­duced top prep stars such as Chris Mihm, Luke Ax­tell and Brad Buck­man, three play­ers who won a ton of games for for­mer coach Rick Barnes and reached the NCAA Tour­na­ment.

Cun­ning­ham said he had no wor­ries about play-

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