Jared Cunningham to enter the NBA Draft


Jared Cunningham made it official on Monday, announcing that he would be foregoing his final year of eligibility and entering the NBA Draft.

“This was a very difficult decision,” Cunningham said. “But I felt like I had to do what was best for me and my future. My dream has always been to play in the NBA and I’m ready to pursue that dream. I thank my teammates, my coaches and the training staff that helped me get to this chapter in my life. I also want to thank Beaver Nation for the love and support that they have shown me during my three years at Oregon State. I will always be a Beaver and I wish great success to the team in the future.”

Cunningham is a terrific athlete and defender, but his offensive arsenal needs quite a bit of work. He’s a streaky shooter and an inconsistent ball-handler, which will make it tough for him to find a position to play at the next level, but he’s a nightmare to keep out of the paint. Cunningham is projected to go in the mid-to-late second round.

Oregon State should be decent next season, however. Cunningham is the only member of their rotation that they lose, and they have a number of decent young players. Eric Moreland and Devon Collier are intriguing talents alongside Joe Burton in the front court, while Ahmad Starks and Roberto Nelson will make up a decent back court.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.