Monday, September 13, 2010
Oregon State's Jared Cunningham can jump
By Diamond Leung
Oregon State coach Craig Robinson has managed to assemble a level of talent on the Beavers roster that the program hasn't seen for some time.
Exhibit A: This YouTube highlight tape of guard Jared Cunningham playing in a summer league in San Francisco. Yes, it's just summer league but Cunningham shows a great leaping ability that would translate on any court.
It's that kind of athleticism that has the Beavers excited about this season.
Cunningham, the team's second-leading returning scorer and steals leader as a freshman, is among those in a highly regarded sophomore class ready to take on more responsibility.
Among the others, 270-pound Joe Burton showed he could be a presence in the paint, and 6-foot-10 Angus Brandt could see more time as well.
That same recruiting class includes two players who have yet to debut. Roberto Nelson, the gem of the class, was lost for the season because he is academically ineligible, and 6-foot-8 Rhys Murphy is recovering from an injury.
If this is the season where it all comes together for the Beavers, it'll be because the future has arrived.
The Cunningham video simply provides us with an early glimpse.