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NBA Draft 2021: Five facts about Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham

Cade Cunningham, the former Oklahoma State product, is just the third No. 1 overall NBA draft pick in Detroit Pistons franchise history, joining Bob Lanier (1970) and Jimmy Walker (1967). His selection marks the 12th straight year a freshman was taken with the top overall pick. Blake Griffin (sophomore in 2009) is the last non-freshman selected first.

Cunningham established himself as the top pick over the past calendar year, joining Marcus Smart, Kevin Durant and Michael Beasley as the only players to win Big 12 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors in the same season.

As this year's top pick prepares to begin his NBA career, let's learn more about what there is to know about the centerpiece for Detroit's basketball future.

25-0: Prior to heading to Stillwater, Oklahoma, for college, the 2019-20 Gatorade Player of the Year enjoyed a stellar senior campaign at Montverde (Florida) Academy, where he teamed up with fellow lottery pick Scottie Barnes. Cunningham averaged 13.9 points, 6.4 assists and 4.2 rebounds as Montverde defeated opponents by an average of 39 points per game.

40: On Feb. 27, against Oklahoma, Cunningham registered a career-high 40 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. Doing so made him the 7th player in Big 12 history with a 40-point, 10-rebound game. The only other freshman to match the feat? Beasley (three times in 2007-08) and Trae Young (2017-18).

2nd: Cunningham finished his lone college season as the second player in Oklahoma State history to be named to the Associated Press All-America First Team. His 20.1 points per game joined him with James Anderson (team-record 22.3 in 2009-10) and Bryant Reeves (twice) as the only Cowboys to average at least 20 points over a season.

Cunningham is the first Oklahoma State player to earn consensus first-team All-American honors since Naismith Hall of Famer Bob Kurland (who played with Oklahoma State was called Oklahoma A&M) from 1944-46.

103: This year's top pick showed ample composure as a college freshman last season. According to Synergy Sports, Cunningham ranked first among all players in clutch-time scoring, when the game's score is within five points over the final five minutes. He shot 47-50 (94%) from the free-throw line in such situations.

For comparison, the Pistons had a record of just 7-25 in clutch-time last season, the third-worst single-season mark over the past decade.

2009: Cunningham's efforts helped lead Oklahoma State to its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2009. The berth came by result of the Cowboys' nine victories over ranked squads, which paved the way for the program's Big 12 championship game appearance since 2005.

ESPN Stats and Information contributed to this story.