According to multiple reports, former Arizona State guard Sam Cunliffe is taking visits to Georgetown, No. 3 Kansas and Seattle University.
Arizona State transfer Sam Cunliffe tells me he will visit Seattle on January 5th. Will also visit Georgetown on 12/30 and Kansas on 1/2.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) December 24, 2016
Arizona State transfer Sam Cunliffe will visit Georgetown on Dec. 30 prior to his visit to Kansas, his father... https://t.co/LUw7JoA9ot— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) December 23, 2016
Cunliffe will travel to Georgetown on Dec. 30, Kansas on Jan. 2, and Seattle on Dec. 5, based on reports from FanRag Sports’ Jon Rothstein and ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
The former ESPN 100 recruit asked for his release from ASU on Dec. 12. One reason assumed to be behind the move was homesickness, a potential factor the Seattle native has come under question for following the consideration of Kansas (roughly 1,800 miles from Seattle) and Georgetown (roughly 2,700 miles away).
The 6-foot-6, 200-pound wing was pursued by Gonzaga during his recruitment out of high school. While its location, prominence and previous interest make it a logical landing spot, the Bulldogs don’t have a scholarship to offer Cunliffe.
There was no official reason given for Cunliffe’s sudden departure, however ASU head coach Bobby Hurley did state the move didn’t come as a complete surprise.
Cunliffe released this statement via Twitter regarding his situation after his desire to move on became public.
The statement reads:
“The current speculation about Me (sic) leaving ASU is just that. I’m coming home to Seattle for personal and family reasons. Any decisions about my future beyond coming home have yet to be made. I understand the current media interest, but I ask that you respect the privacy of me and my family right now.”
Before Cunliffe’s departure, he was averaging 9.5 points per game and 25.4 minutes per contest in 10 appearances. ASU is 1-2 since.