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April 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM

OSU’s Jared Cunningham enters NBA draft

Oregon State junior Jared Cunningham held a press conference today to announce he’s entering the NBA draft.
“This was a very difficult decision,” he said while sitting next to Beavers coach Craig Robinson “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 was second in the Pac-12 with a 17.9 scoring average.
He’s a gifted athlete and a standout defender who was picked the past two years on the all-conference all-defensive team. At 6-4, he’s undersized at shooting guard and needs to learn how to run an offense as a point guard guard.
Cunningham told the Oregonian he expects to be drafted between the No. 20-40 picks.
He’s the third player in the conference to announce plans to leave school early joining Washington’s Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten Jr.
The NCAA deadline for players to make a decision is April 10, however the NBA deadline is April 29.
Here’s a look at the top underclassmen who have declared for the draft.
At this point it appears as if UCLA’s Joshua Smith, California’s Allen Crabbe and Colorado’s Andre Roberson will stay in school. Last week, Washington State coach Ken Bone said he was optimistic Pac-12 scoring leader Brock Motum is returning for his senior season.
Anthony Bennett helped the World Select Team beat Team USA, 84-75, at the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit Saturday at the Rose Garden. He sank big three-pointer (below). The 6-8, 230-pound native of Toronto, is being recruited by Washington, Oregon, Kentucky, Florida and UNLV. He’s expected to make a decision next month.
— In case you missed it, Alex Oriakhi, the junior power forward who is transferring from Connecticut, scratched Washington off his list. In an interview with Adam Zagoria, Oriakhi noted distance being a factor in bypassing the Huskies. When asked about UW, he said: “Why go that far?”
Kyle Anderson, one of the top point guard recruits, committed to UCLA. He told the Oregonian: “I love the Pac-12’s style of play: up-tempo, lots of shots and plays, not this grind-it-out thing. I’m ready for it to start again.” Makes you wonder if he watched the Bruins play last season or any year under coach Ben Howland. UCLA’s front line of Joshua Smith and David and Travis Wear aren’t exactly up-tempo.
— The Baylor men’s and women’s basketball teams are being investigated by the NCAA and the school imposed sanctions on both squads for impermissible text messages and calls. Still both teams had great success on the court, which begs the question: Would you trade two scholarships for an NCAA tournament Elite Eight appearance or a national championship? Of course it’s a little more complicated, but Baylor essentially skirted around the rules to sign program-changing players who delivered immediate results.
— Former Washington standout Justin Dentmon signed a 10-day contract with the Toronto Raptors. He recently spent time with San Antonio.

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