Cade Cunningham, the first overall pick in the NBA Draft, is a vegan.

 

Cade Cunningham, a vegan basketball player from Oklahoma State, was the first choice in the NBA draft this week.


The 19-year-old, who has been vegan since high school, will play for the Pistons in the upcoming NBA season.


Cunningham talked with the ESPN broadcast team shortly after being named the first NBA draft choice.

When asked why he went vegan, the 220-pound, six-foot-eight athlete said he wanted to test how his body would react to plant-based diet. 

 Cunningham recently became the newest athlete ambassador for Eat Just, the company behind vegan egg replacer JUST Egg. 

While many athletes partner with sugary soda brands for endorsement deals, Cunningham recently became the newest athlete ambassador for Eat Just, the company behind vegan egg replacer JUST Egg.


Cunningham will be the inspiration for a new vegetarian option at the city's renowned FOLK Cafe when he relocates to Detroit. 

Cunningham, who aspires to be the next LeBron James, is in excellent company in the NBA, where he joins a plethora of other famous personalities who already follow a vegan diet.


While playing for the Boston Celtics in 2017, Kyrie Irving became vegan and attributed his plant-based diet for the team's 13-game winning run.


Irving also opted for a plant-based ambassadorship when he teamed up with Beyond Meat to promote the company's plant-based meats as part of the company's "Go Beyond" campaign.

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