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Cade Cunningham finds common denominator with fellow potential top pick Trevor Lawrence

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Aside from certain character traits, it is not often that top-ranked basketball and football players share something in common. This is not the case though for Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

The two are expected to be drafted first overall in the NBA and NFL drafts, respectively, and both have signed a pact with Excel Sports, per Darren Rovell of The Action Network. Founded in 2002, the multi-sport agency officially represents these two highly-rated prospects.

In the 27 games he played last season, Cunningham put up averages of 20.1 points, 6.2 boards, 3.5 assists, and 1.7 steals. Even at a time where guards are getting larger, he has great size for the position at 6’8, 220 pounds with a wingspan over seven feet. These are measurements expected of a ball-handling wing, mind you.

Cunningham can shoot from anywhere on the court, including inside the post. He shot 40% from deep and 43.8% overall from the field. Cunningham has a tight handle and his defense should translate to the next level.

At just 19 years of age, he displays maturity and basketball IQ well beyond his years. He is a polished and well-rounded prospect, who has the potential to turn a franchise’s fortunes around.

On the other hand, Lawrence has been the presumptive first overall pick for some time now. Any mock draft that says otherwise cannot be taken seriously. The narrative surrounding him is that he is the highest-graded quarterback since Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning.

Lawrence has everything you look for in a  quarterback – the arm strength, accuracy, intelligence to read the defense, and mobility.

If Cade Cunningham and Trevor Lawrence live up to the hype, then Excel Sports hit a home run.