LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – University of Louisville basketball coach Chris Mack announced some additions to his program on Monday, and did not announce one of the most anticipated additions, his first commitment since taking over as Cardinals coach in late March.

Christen Cunningham, a 6-foot-2 graduate transfer from Samford University, chose Louisville over Oregon State, telling Evan Daniels of 247Sports.com that he felt comfortable with the coaching staff and liked the prospect of immediate playing time.

Cunningham played his high school basketball at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, and was a double-figure scorer and all-time assists leader at Samford, but missed 23 games because of illness his final season and was granted an additional season. He played his AAU ball for former Louisville player Ellis Myles’ Louisville Magic program.

Cunningham told Daniels he was looking forward to, “getting to come home and play in front of one of the best fan bases in the country and one of the best arenas in the country. It’s an hour away from my house. I grew up watching Louisville. I understand what comes along with being a point guard at the University of Louisville. That played a big part in my decision. I feel like this is a team that can compete for a national title."

Mack can’t comment on Cunningham until all of his paperwork is official.

Meanwhile, in a release he announced the addition of five support staff positions.

He has added Kahil Fennell, an assistant coach at Portland State last season, as director of basketball operations. Andy Kettler, strength coach for the West Virginia men’s basketball team the past 10 seasons, has been added as strength coach. Andrew Lentz was announced as assistant athletics director for men’s basketball after serving as associate athletics director for branding and creative services at Baylor for the past year. Ty Sampson, a video coordinator at Xavier, was brought in for the same position at Louisville, and Matt Stebbins was added as equipment manager after serving as operations manager and brand builder for the Worcester Bravehearts baseball club the past two years.

More information on those hires is available here.

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