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While being raised in the city of Downey, Larry Cunningham established himself as one of the top players in the West Coast. By the end of his senior year he accepted a scholarship to UC Riverside where he later became the programs “All Time Leading Scorer” in school’s history. After his college career he played professionally in Europe before ending his career with the South Bay Lakers. During his playing career he has garnered much recognition and awards for his play. Most recently being inducted into his alma mater’s Hall of Fame.
Born and raised in the city of Compton, Jalonni attended Verbum Dei High School in Watts, California. Jalonni accepted an athletic scholarship to UC Riverside.
Jalonni Diggs was named to the Big West All-Freshman Team in his debut with the UC Riverside highlanders. He also ranked seventh in the Big West and first on the team with 85 assists. Jalonni Diggs was a player who proved to be durable and reliable while he led his team in minutes played with an average of 31.3 minutes per game. Jalonni’s most notable game was when he scored 16 points against USC going 6 of 6 from the field. After being sidelined for half of a season, Jalonni Diggs decided to take a different approach to basketball and became a student-assistant coach for UC Riverside. After coaching for his last two years of college, Jalonni decided to join Larry Cunningham assisting him with the AAU program called Team Nikos Long Beach. Jalonni has been coaching for a total of 7 years now.
Tyler Ellis was born and raised in Downey, California where he currently resides. He attended Downey High School where he starred as a student/ athlete. Upon graduating, Tyler continued his play at Rio Hondo Community College and then proceeded to accept a scholarship to play at Bethel College in Kansas. He then returned home and graduated with honors with a B.A. in Kinesiology from Cal State, Dominguez Hills.
Tyler maintains his love for the game through coaching. Aside from coaching with Team Nikos, he is a teacher and coach at his alma mater, Downey High School. Tyler enjoys being a role model for the youth and seeing progression in his athletes, on and off the court, as they grow into young men and women.
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