Gill St. Bernards forward Naasir "Naas" Cunningham is the top prospect in the 2024 college basketball recruiting class. With offers from tons of programs plus several blue bloods, he's made a big decision on his playing future.
In an interview with ESPN, Cunningham revealed that he is signing with the Overtime Elite developmental league. However, he has decided to forego a salary, which will allow him to preserve his college playing eligibility.
"This is best place for me to develop as a player, while getting the right education to fall back on at the same time," Cunningham said. "Overtime built a relationship with my family and I, which was a big factor in trusting them with my future. I want to be the best basketball player I can, a NBA draft lottery pick and hopefully one of the best in the league. Overtime is going to put me in position to become the best player I can."
247Sports rates Cunningham as the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2024. The 6-foot-7 small forward has a 6-foot-11 wingspan and has offers on the table from the likes of Duke, Kansas, Creighton, LSU and UCLA among others.
Naas Cunningham made it clear in his interview that being able to retain his college eligibility was important to him. But he still liked Overtime Elite the most because of the extra options joining them offered him.
"Being able to keep my eligibility for college was important as that gives me more options when I'm done with high school and ready to decide my next move," Cunningham said. "At Overtime you still get the same academics as a regular high school, but not every school has the same equipment and facilities they do, which are top of the line, as well as the best trainers, coaching staff and other elite players. Competing against the best and working with the best there is, that's what will help me reach my goals."
It's too early to say what kind of NBA prospect Naas Cunningham will be. But after just two years of high school, he clearly has an idea of what's important to him before he sets off on a pro career.
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