Men's Basketball

Former Samford PG Christen Cunningham Visiting Ohio State This Week

Christen Cunningham Ohio State Basketball Buckeyes

According to a report from Ellie Lieberman of SBNation, former Samford point guard Christen Cunningham will be visiting Ohio State this week. Cunningham is a graduate transfer and is the all-time assists leader at Samford. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

Cunningham (6-2 190) is from Georgetown, Kentucky and received a medical hardship waiver following the 2017-2018 season where he only played in nine games due to illness.

A starter in all 110 games of his career, Cunningham averaged 12.0 points and 4.7 assists per game over his first three seasons. As a junior, he averaged a career-high 6.3 assists per game. As a sophomore, he averaged a career-high 14.4 points per game. Last season (7.7 ppg) was his first averaging under 10 points per game.

Cunningham will be visiting Oregon State before heading to Columbus.

The Buckeyes have also been in the mix for Cunningham’s backcourt mate Justin Coleman, who averaged 13.5 points per game. Things have apparently cooled off there of late, however.

Wake Forest transfer Keyshawn Woods has already visited Ohio State and Virginia, and has also had discussions with Louisville. Woods played one year at Charlotte before transferring to Wake Forest. Former Charlotte assistant Orlando Vandross is now an assistant with Virginia. Woods averaged 12.2 points and 2.8 assists per game in his two seasons at Wake Forest.

Like last year, the Buckeyes are desperate for a point guard who would be immediately eligible in the graduate transfer market.

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann has previously mentioned the possibility of bringing in a pair of grad transfers. In a radio interview this past week, however, he said they were likely to only bring in one at this time. There is currently only one scholarship available on Ohio State’s roster, but former walk-on Joey Lane is also in possession of a scholarship that could possibly be used if the need were to arise.

[Christen Cunningham photo courtesy samfordsports.com.]