Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/21/12
The next Gary Payton? For many Beaver fans, Jared Cunningham has been a bright spot in more than one way for the Oregon State basketball program. For starters Cunningham ushered in the Craig Robinson era, which has consisted of a steal happy defense, and highlight reel athleticism. The comparisons to Gary Payton are attributed constantly, and it takes little research to see why these are often brought up. Both made the journey to Corvallis by way of Oakland, California, and each stood out at their respective high schools as prolific, quick reflex guards. Where Payton’s career has differed was his success at leading the Beavers to three NCAA tournament births, in the early ’90s, whereas Cunningham only has a CBI tournament birth to place his hat on. That’s not to say that Cunningham hasn’t created his own legacy as a member of the Oregon State Beavers basketball team. OSU Hoops Pushing the Payton comparisons aside, Jared Cunningham is seen as more than just the second coming of Th...
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