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33 D.J. Cunningham

Overview:  Could be one of the top big men in the Big South this year…came back and played last year after red-shirting the 2011-12 season with knee injury suffered in the off-season…has blocked 158 shots in his career and enters the season sixth all-time at Asheville in that category…been plagued with some knee injuries in his career but is fully healthy and should be ready to have a huge senior season.


2012-2013: Played in 31 games and earned 15 starts…finished the season tied for the league lead and eighth nationally in blocked shots with 3.0 per game mark and 93 blocks…tied an Asheville single-season record for blocked shots with 93…had season-high in points at Presbyterian College (1-30) with 18 points and 10 rebounds…scored 17 points at Campbell (2-2)…just missed double-double in opening-game win over Western Carolina (11-9) with 12 points and nine rebounds…pumped in 11 points with nine rebounds and six blocks vs. UNC Wilmington (11-11)…had 12 points vs. Tennessee (11-15)…second double-double occurred with 10 points and 11 rebounds vs. USC Upstate (11-29)…blocked career-high eight shots vs. PC (2-27)…had seven blocks and 12 rebounds in home win over Radford (1-12)…collected 11 rebounds vs. Coastal Carolina (1-23)…grabbed 11 rebounds in home victory vs. Winthrop (2-6)…second on the team in rebounding with 5.7 mark…averaged 7.6 points per game.






2011-2012: Red-shirted





2010-2011: When healthy was a real force for the Bulldogs both on offense and defense...played in 26 of Asheville's 34 games and missed time throughout second half of season with various leg and knee injuries...averaged 8.6 points per game and collected a team-leading 7.2 rebounds per game...second on team in blocked shots with 37...had three double-doubles with 12 points and career-best 18 rebounds at USC Upstate (11-29)...scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in home loss to VMI (12-31) where he was injured with 10 minutes left and missed the next three games...scored season-high 20 points and garnered 11 rebounds in victory over King College...went 9-for-11 from the field against King...grabbed 12 rebounds and had two key baskets late in victory at Auburn (11-12)...went 5-for-5 from the field and tallied 10 points with eight rebounds in home win over PC (2-3)...had career-best four steals at North Carolina (11-23)...missed the semifinals of Big South Conference championship game due to injury suffered in quarterfinal game against Charleston Southern (3-1)...came back to play crucial role in NCAA Tournament victory over Arkansas-Little Rock (3-15)...scored six points, collected eight rebounds and career-best four steals in overtime victory...solid game in homecoming contest at top-ranked Ohio State with 13 points and seven rebounds...pumped in 16 points with eight rebounds at Radford (12-2)...started in 15 contests. 





2009-2010: Played in 28 games and started nine times...injured his knee midway through the season but recovered to play the final 14 games of the season and did a great job...tied for team lead in rebounding with a 6.7 average...averaged 8.1 points per game and shot 48.6 percent (90-of-185) from the field...shot 67.6 percent (46-of-68) from the charity stripe...second on team in blocked shots with 50...scored in double figures in seven games and recorded four double-doubles (points-rebounds)...first double-double came vs. Catawba when he scored a career-high 21 points and collected 12 rebounds...went 10-of-16 from the field in that game...scored 15 points and grabbed 15 rebounds plus three blocked shots in overtime game vs. Charleston Southern (1-9)...had 19 points with 10 rebounds in home win over VMI (2-13)...scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds at High Point (1-4)...collected 15 rebounds and scored game-tying bucket at Presbyterian College (2-16) as Bulldogs won in overtime...just missed a double-double at Winthrop (2-23) with 10 points and nine rebounds...6.7 rebounding average was sixth-best in the Big South Conference...1.79 per game blocked shots per game was fourth best in the league...averaged 7.6 rebounds per game in BSC play which led the Bulldogs and was fifth in the conference.



Before UNC Asheville: Three-year starter at Waterford HS (Ohio) where he became the second player in school history to score more than 1,000 career points...senior season averaged 23 points, 17 rebounds, seven blocked shots and five assists per game...helped lead Waterford to 19-5 record in senior campaign...was named conference and district Player of the Year following senior season...became the first player in school history to be named first team All-State...played in the North-South All-Star game...named first team all-conference for three straight years...junior year averaged 13 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots per game while leading Waterford to berth in “Sweet 16” state playoffs...also played football in high school.

Position: Center
Height: 6'10"
Weight: 240
Year: Redshirt Junior
City/State: Waterford, Ohio
High School: Waterford
Experience: 2 Years
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