Detroit Pistons to Select Cade Cunningham with No. 1 Pick, per Woj

July 29, 2021

It won’t be official that Cade Cunningham is the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft until he walks across the stage and shakes Adam Silver’s hand, but when Adrian Wojnarowski says something in the NBA world, it’s almost a sure thing.

Woj tweeted Thursday afternoon that the Detroit Pistons will select former Oklahoma State star Cade Cunningham with the No. 1 pick, making him the first No. 1 pick in OSU basketball’s history.

Woj reports that Pistons officials flew out to New York (where the Draft is being held) on Wednesday to meet with Cunningham a final time and finalized plans to take him with the No. 1 pick Thursday morning.

Cunningham spent one season at Oklahoma State where he was an All-American and the Big 12’s Player of the Year. He averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists a game as a Cowboy, leading the Pokes to their first NCAA Tournament win since 2009.

He came to OSU as the No. 1 player in the 2020 recruiting class, making him the top-ranked recruit in the program’s history.

The Pistons were awarded the No. 1 pick June 22 through the NBA Draft Lottery. Reports came out about how the Pistons considered trading the pick to be an option, but it has always felt like a smokescreen for them to eventually draft Cunningham.

Cunningham will be OSU’s 37th NBA Draft pick and the first since Jawun Evans was taken in the second round in 2017.

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