In college basketball, assistant coaches come and go every season with little discussion surrounding the changes.
Oklahoma State basketball head coach Mike Boynton has, however, caused quite a stir regarding his newest acquisition.
Following a disappointing season that saw an OSU dwindle down to seven scholarship players and finish with a 12-20 record, Boynton decided to switch up his coaching staff.
On June 25 OSU basketball announced the newest signing to the staff, Cannen Cunningham.
Cunningham played four years at SMU before beginning his coaching career in the Dallas/Fort Worth AAU scene. He spent this past season on the Tulane staff under coach Mike Dunleavy Sr.
Upon the announcement, it was obvious as to the main reason for the new hire.
Cunningham is the older brother of the No. 2 player in the 2020 recruiting class, Cade Cunningham.
Cade Cunningham is a 6-foot-6 combo guard from Arlington, TX who is heading into his senior season at Montverde Academy, the same high school that produced R.J. Barrett, D’Angelo Russell and Ben Simmons.
Prior to the addition Boynton and the Cowboys were thought to be the favorites with this hair looking like OSU’s attempt to expedite the commitment process.
Despite the addition of his brother to the Cowboy staff, Cade made it clear that he wouldn’t be rushing to make his decision.
“I don’t think it [changes things], very much,” He told Evan Daniels of 247Sports. “I’m still very open to everybody. A lot of people feel like I’m going to announce my commitment soon or something, and that’s not the case. Obviously, I wanted my brother to take the job, it’s an incredible opportunity for him. So, I still like Oklahoma State, obviously that’s a big factor in my recruitment, but if a school wants to stop recruiting me because of it, that’s their problem. I’m still open, and I’m not choosing anybody right now.”
With the current OSU freshman class being the best in over a decade for the Cowboys, the addition of a player of Cunningham’s caliber the 2020 cycle could see this year’s class easily surpassed.
With that being said, coaches rarely get jobs solely based on a connection to a recruit without something to contribute to the staff itself.
Cannen Cunningham is young, has strong ties to the DFW area that is a hotbed for recruits and adds a younger member to Boynton’s staff. With this in mind, Cunningham could have an impact on the Cowboy program beyond his brother’s college days.