BREAKDOWN: Paul-Kasey Cunningham, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound redshirt junior forward, is an athletic, physical big man who can rebound and has a knack for scoring. Has spent most of his first three seasons at USC rehabilitating from knee surgeries.
2008-09: Played in four games before reinjuring his knee while scoring a basket vs. Missouri on Nov. 23 at Puerto Rico Tip-Off. He had a career-best 11 points in 14 minutes off the bench in that game. Had reconstructive surgery of the ACL on Nov. 26 at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles.
2007-08: Played in nine games (3 starts) for the Trojans before suffering a season-ending knee injury during practice on Dec. 12. Had surgery on Dec. 28 to repair his left ACL and meniscus. Averaged 2.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. Had six points and a career-high 10 rebounds on Nov. 15 at The Citadel, his first career start. Had a then career-high seven points in start on Nov. 23 vs. Miami (OH). Also started on Nov. 25 vs. Southern Illinois in the Anaheim Classic title game and scored six points.
2006-07: Sat out the season as he continued his rehabilitation from left knee surgery during his senior year of high school. Continued to round into form and increased his practice load throughout the season, working on his ball handling and outside shooting. Made several road trips with the team.
HIGH SCHOOL: Cunningham averaged 22.0 points, 15.0 rebounds and six blocked shot per game as a senior at Cibola High in Albuquerque, N.M. Led his team to a 13-1 record before suffering a season-ending left knee injury (ACL surgery). Cibola went 8-6 the rest of the season and ranked sixth in the state of New Mexico. Entered the season widely regarded as the top player in the state of New Mexico. Named to the 2005-06 Long Beach Press Telegram's Best in the West second team. As a junior, Cunningham averaged 18.7 points and 14.2 rebounds and was named a first-team Class 5-A all-state selection. He had one game where he grabbed 28 rebounds and another where he pulled down 26.
PERSONAL: Cunningham was born on July 3, 1988. He is a Social Sciences and History major at USC. His father Paul played basketball at UTEP (1981-84), where he was recruited by former USC coach Tim Floyd who was an assistant coach under the late Don Haskins. Wears the No. 43 because that is the number his father wore. Outside of basketball, his dream job would be to make movies.