Tacoma, WA – The State of Washington has become a hotbed for hoops talent. Over the last few years, the Evergreen State has produced countless high school stars. The class of 2021 may be one of the best in recent…
Tacoma, WA – The State of Washington has become a hotbed for hoops talent. Over the last few years, the Evergreen State has produced countless high school stars. The class of 2021 may be one of the best in recent memory, featuring high major guys like Kaden Perry (Gonzaga), Jackson Grant (University of Washington), and Paolo Banchero (Duke). Ready to follow in those footsteps is Isaiah Cunningham Isaiah Cunningham 6'2" | WG WA , a dynamic 6-foot-2 PG from Tacoma. With long arms, athleticism, and an advanced skill set, Cunningham has the physical traits to translate into a top tier prospect.
I recently spoke with his father Marlow to check in on how the young PG’s development was going.
“When it comes to his strengths, it’s all about his quick first step, pull up jumper, and ballhandling, He’s also a very good on-ball defender,” Marlow said.
Cunningham, who typically plays with Tacoma-based Gametime started playing competitively in the 3rd grade. He recently made a guest appearance with the San Diego Prospects to stay sharp during the quarantine period in Washington. The 14-year-old PG stands at 6’2 and wears a size 16 shoe, when you combine that with his incredibly long arms, another growth spurt may be in the works. Currently, he impacts games with his speed, positional size and downhill transition ability, showcased often this summer.
His Head Coach for Gametime Basketball David Stewart raves about him.
“He plays with a high motor and is a really coachable kid,” Stewart said. “He plays all 5 positions for us and can score from both inside and outside.”
Stewart has coached Cunningham since 2012 and thinks the young guard has the ability to set a precedent for the program.
“I’ve had this group since 2012 and he’s the number one guy to come out of the program, he has the chance to be our first D1 guy,” he added. Cunningham’s skills are self-evident and or on display every time Gametime takes the floor, however, it is his competitive nature that Stewart says sets him apart. “He wants to go after the best.”
While Cunningham may be one of the top players in his class, Marlow refuses to allow him to get complacent.
“We’re working on decision making, tightening of handles, and improving the range on his jumper,” his dad added.
This spring Cunningham plans to compete for the prestigious Rose City AAU club. With his combination of speed, power and athleticism don’t be surprised if he makes a big splash this spring.
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