March Madness '09 Watchlist: Dante Cunningham
Terrence Jennings #23 of the Louisville Cardinals drives to the hoop against Dante Cunningham #33 and Corey Stokes #24 of the Villanova Wildcats during the semifinal round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Terrence Jennings;Dante Cunningham;Corey Stokes (Getty Images)more pics » Career Stats
Per Game Averages
Points - 9.3
Assists - 0.9
Rebounds - 5.8
Free Throw Percentage - 68.7%
Dante Cunningham is a senior power forward for the Villanova Wildcats.
Nickname: The Inferno
Cunningham is arguably one of the main reasons Villanova has moved up in rankings this season. The senior power forward has stepped up his offensive game this season. He's quick on his feet and shoots often. His smooth steady release proves that good shooting form always pays off, although his range appears to be limited to foul line extended shots. The senior brings lots of intensity to the court, this paired with his quick speed and court clairy make him a hazard on both sides of the ball.
The senior's weaknesses can be blamed on the fact that this is really his first season as a front runner for the team. His lack of confidence as a ball-handler is noticeable and he's actually a better player off the ball. He could also work on being more aggressive on the court.
Why to watch:
This is basically Cunningham's break out year. Despite the fact that this is his fourth year on the team, his senior year has undoubtedly been a standout year for the athlete. He's shown much improvement, especially in lowering his rate of turnovers and increasing his rebounds. Look for him to step his game up, and hopefully step the intensity up for his final NCAA tournament.
Cunningham will no doubt aim for the NBA draft this season, but it's doubtul he'll get picked up, if he does he'll go most likely go late in the second round or earn a roster spot in a training camp. He's average sized for a forward, but he's just not where he should be at this point in his career and has no more time to work on his athletic ability.