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KJ Cunningham (center) poses with Weber State head basketball coach Randy Rahe (right) and assistant coach Garrett Lever (left) on Sept. 1, 2018, in the Dee Events Center during a recent recruiting trip.

OGDEN — Weber State basketball begins official team practices later this month for the 2018-19 season but added a player for the 2019-20 team Thursday.

Korbin "KJ" Cunningham, a 6-foot-2 guard from Bryan, Texas, announced his commitment to Weber State in a video on Twitter. He chose WSU over Tulsa and Louisiana as his final choices and also held offers from Air Force, UT-Arlington, Central Michigan, Old Dominion and East Carolina.

As a junior at Rudder High School, Cunningham averaged 18.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game for a 5A team that went 23-10, according to MaxPreps. He shot 52 percent from the field, 42 percent from 3 and 75 percent from the free-throw line.

Cunningham visited Weber State on Sept. 1 and knew it was his choice.

"As soon as I got there, the team really showed me love. I felt like I was already on the team," Cunningham said.

He said he hit it off with Doc Nelson, who hails from nearby Houston, and spent time with Brekkott Chapman as his campus host.

Cunningham said he rode the gondola to visit the top of Snowbasin Resort during his visit.

"Some of the coaches and my dad were scared," Cunningham said. "I was really excited to go up there ... down here in Texas, we don't have mountains or get snow either, so it was fun to see that. Hopefully I'll get to see the snow ... probably won't be doing any skiing though."

MaxPreps shows Cunningham has played major varsity minutes since his freshman season.

In his top performance as a junior, Cunningham netted 30 points in a four-point win over College Station, shooting 12 of 12 from the field, including one 3-pointer, and 5 of 6 from the free-throw line.

He described himself as someone who likes to move the ball and get teammates involved, but if the team needs him to score, he'll score.

"I think that's what coach (Garrett) Lever and coach (Randy) Rahe really liked ... I'm really excited for next year to be a part of the Weber State family. I can't wait to play in front of the fans there, play with my teammates and wear that purple jersey."

The commitment is Weber State's first for the 2019 class. With two seniors this season — Chapman and Zach Braxton — it ostensibly leaves the Wildcats with one open scholarship for the 2019-20 season, barring unforeseen departures.

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