Junior guard Christen Cunningham helped Henry Clay come back from down double digits in the Republic Bank Holiday Classic.
When Clay was down by 13 points against Lexington (Ky.) Catholic in the first half of the Republic Bank Holiday Classic, Cunningham knew he needed to score more. So the junior guard took over and scored 17 points in the last two quarters to lead Clay to a tournament victory.
“The first half we were down and the second half I knew I was going to have to be more aggressive scoring wise,” Cunningham said. “I distributed the ball in the first half, but I didn’t score much.”
Cunningham even used the moment to polish a part of his game that he has been developing.
“They sagged off of me and I’ve been working on my mid-range so it was a good time to use that,” he added.
That is a good sign for a developing young basketball player, who can use a skill they are working on in the middle of a high-pressure game and not an empty practice gym.
Cunningham claims he would not have been able to credits his hard work in the off season to his recent on the court improvements.
“I’ve been working ever since AAU ended,” Cunningham said. “I’m getting to where I can hit a set three, so I needed a middle game, especially as a point guard you need a one dribble pull-up.”
“You have to out work everybody,” he added. “I’ve always been the underdog. I’ve just been working on my game since my freshman year.”
Samford and Morehead State have offered Cunningham, but interest has started to pick up from other schools as well.
“I’m supposed to visit Wright State and Marshall,” Cunningham said.
Cunningham hasn’t set up visit dates to either school yet, but if he keeps working on his mid-range game and winning close basketball games more