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4-star SF Brock Cunningham commits to Texas, becoming ‘Horns first 2018 pledge

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Texas’ first 2018 pledge is now on board and Shaka Smart didn’t have to go far to get him.

NCAA Basketball: Baylor at Texas Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Shaka Smart’s 2017 class is still months away from officially beginning their collegiate careers in Austin, but the ball has already starting rolling in the 2018 class with the first pledge coming from four-star Austin Westlake small forward Brock Cunningham, as first reported by ESPN.

"It felt like a good fit," Cunningham told ESPN’s Jeff Borzelo. "From what I hear, coach [Shaka] Smart is a player's coach. He spends a lot of time with them. He won't be distant."

"Their pitch was that I'm a tough guy who can come in and help the team, whether that be playing or practicing my freshman year," Cunningham said. "They kind of said I would be a versatile guy who would go rebound and shoot the 3."

A local product, Cunningham spent his junior season at Westlake averaging 14.7 points and 11.3 rebounds in route to District MVP honors, which he then followed up by averaging 22.1 points and 10.4 rebounds on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit this offseason.

In the meantime, an offer from Texas rolled in in late April, providing Cunningham to play for the university his father Ed once suited up for on the gridiron. Cunningham has now taken full advantage of that opportunity by committed to the ‘Horns over offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Gonzaga and Houston, among others.

A 6’7, 205-pound prospect, Cunningham is ranked as the nation’s No. 126 player, No 35 small forward and the No. 9 player in Texas, per 247Sports Composite.