Editor's Note: Mac Irvin Fire Coach Nick Irvin tweeted Wednesday night that Iowa offered a scholarship to Josh Cunningham, who later confirmed it to me.
"It feels good," Cunningham said of the Iowa offer.
Iowa is casting a wide net when it comes to basketball recruiting. Some players hold Hawkeye offers while others could be on the brink of securing that opportunity.
You can place Josh Cunningham in the latter category.
"I have talked to the head coach (Fran McCaffery) and coach (Sherman)Dillard," he said. "They are recruiting me hard."
Cunningham toils for a loaded Mac Irvin Fire AAU squad where he can get overshadowed. The Morgan Park (Chicago) High prospect has plenty to offer a college program as Scout.com's Brian Snow points out:
Three-star forward Josh Cunningham is a player with a lot of talent. He is about 6-foot-6 with good athleticism and now he is showing the versatility to play inside or on the wing. His coaches swear he is primed to blowup this spring.
Cunningham reports scholarship offers from Bradley, DePaul and Oklahoma. He said he's hearing steadily from Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Saint Louis, Connecticut, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri and Iowa State.
Some of those schools will pull the trigger on an offer soon if Cunningham continues to show a well-rounded game, he said.
"I just need to keep doing the same stuff I been doing - shooting the ball , rebounding, and putting the ball on the floor getting to the rim," Cunningham said.
Iowa has been on hand to watch Cunningham and his Fire teammates the last few weeks.
"I think they have a good team and it would be a nice place to be," Cunningham said. "Everybody on the team is cool with one another. That's important."
Cunningham is looking to study business management in college. He said he may wait until the late signing period next spring before committing to a school.