After a fine freshman campaign with Bradley and leaving the program in April, forward Josh Cunningham decided to transfer to Dayton late-Thursday night.
Cunningham, a 6’7” combo forward, was one of the better freshmen in the Missouri Valley last season after averaging 7.9 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game with Bradley. However, after a miserable season (9-24, 3-15) and coaching change (Geno Ford was fired) at Bradley, Cunningham wanted a fresh start someplace new.
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“I like the family atmosphere and the size of the school and success they have had on the court,” Cunningham said.
Cunningham visited Illinois and Dayton in May. His decision came down to those two schools.
“(The choice) was real hard,” Cunningham said. “I think was harder than my first decision.”
Cunningham will have three years of eligibility left. He’ll have to sit out next season, as per transfer rules. Cunningham joins a Dayton squad that is on quite a run under head coach Archie Miller.
As a former four-star recruit from Chicago (Morgan Park High School), he joins ex-Morgan Park teammate Kyle Davis and two other players from Illinois on Dayton’s roster. Dayton is coming off a season in which they reached the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament and finished with a 27-9 record.