HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER PROFILES (SAM CUNLIFFE)

SAM CUNLIFFE

#36 RANKED PLAYER IN COUNTRY IN CLASS OF 2016

STAR RANKING: 4 STARS

HEIGHT: 6’6″

WEIGHT: 190 POUNDS

AGE: 18 YEARS OLD

POSITION: SHOOTING GUARD

HIGH SCHOOL: RAINIER BEACH IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

CHOSE ARIZONA STATE OVER: COLORADO, CAL, UNLV, AMONG MANY OTHERS

NBA COMPARISON:  CASEY JACOBSEN/FORMER NBA PLAYER FROM STANFORD

PLAYER SUMMARY: Second year Head Coach Bobby Hurley Jr. did a good job in his first season with the Sun Devils with the talent he had to work with. The former Duke star had to get more talent into his program and has with a nice 2016 recruiting class. The headliner is Sam Cunliffe, who is rated as a top 40 senior in the country. He is arguably the top rated talent to enter the program since NBA All-Star James Harden nearly a decade ago.

When evaluating Cunliffe, we see a player who moves nicely for his size to go along with a sweet shooting stroke. He has one of the nicer shooting strokes we have evaluated among the class of 2016. He handles the ball very well for a shooting guard. He shows good court awareness and from the film we evaluated always seemed to make the smart and correct plays when needed.

While Cunliffe can attack the basket when he wants at the high school level, he will need to get stronger in order to consistently do it in college and the PAC-12 Conference. He is a good athlete but not elite, which doesn’t bother us. There are only a handful of elite athletes in each class. Cunliffe will have success at ASU because of his knowledge of the game and his ability to shoot the basketball. His defensive ability will need to improve and should once he gets stronger. This will help him from getting out-muscled by older, more physical players.

Danny Hurley needed a player who can put points on the board and he got it in Sam Cunliffe. We wouldn’t be surprised to see him start very early in his freshmen season. He has the ability and potential to be a very good college player.

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