To replace Zachery Peacock, who failed him, Le Mans Sarthe Basket has just obtained the signing, for a season, of the United States Dante Cunningham (2.03 m, 34 years old).
After the successive recruitments of the two interiors Valentin Chéry (Paris Basket, Pro B) and TaShawn Thomas (Hapoel Jerusalem, Israel), then that of the combo Deishuan Booker (Göttingen, Germany), incidentally arrived this Thursday at the beginning of the following day. At noon, the MSB puts the finishing touches on the construction of its racquet with a basketball player with a very long professional background (10 seasons, 736 matches, including 21 playoffs) in the most prestigious league in the world: the NBA.
Faced with the defection of the former Burgien and MVP of Pro A, the MSB had no choice but to return to the rare pearl hunt to complete its domestic sector. Anxious to preserve the balance initially found, the staff looked for a versatile profile on positions 4 and 5 but, even more, a threat on the improved 3-point shot. NBA veteran Dante Cunningham has made a career on the other side of the Atlantic on qualities never denied since his college days. At Villanova, a very solid college in the equally tough Big East conference, his job was to defend hard, set screens, attack the rebound for upwind finishes and place a small intermediate shot if needed.
Drafted in 2009, he then did not stop, in the NBA, in an obviously more secondary role but always useful as a teammate in the service of the group, to display the same qualities of blue collar. Not to spoil anything, he also learned to deviate more and more to end up becoming a shooter sought on the pick and pop. So much so that, at the end, he had to be taken seriously behind the 3-point line, placed 7.24m there against 6.75m in FIBA. His 34.5% in his career in the increased year, in seven different franchises, is all the more reassuring that, in Brooklyn in 2018 (23/60 for 38.3%) then in San Antonio in 2019 (30/65 for 46.2%), Dante was often sought after on his shooting skills for a pure interior.
After a 2020 season truncated by the Covid-19 in China, then an experience that he will describe as unfortunate this summer in Puerto Rico, Dante was seduced by the prospect of discovering another basketball with the possibility of being invested with important responsibilities in a quest for victories that will remind him of his college days.
With Scott Bamforth (EUR), Deishuan Booker (JNFL), Kenny Baptiste (JFL), Valentin Chery (JFL), Matthieu Gauzin (JFL), Kaza Kajami-Keane (COT), Williams Narace (JFL), Terry Tarpey (EUR) and TaShawn Thomas (JNFL), Dante is the tenth player to be professionally contracted with MSB for next season. His arrival is expected this Saturday at Le Mans.
The Espoirs Hugo Mienandi (2003), Mathias Van den Beemt (2001) and Lucas Veraghe (2001), all three under contract, are integrated into the group.