Meet Larry Cunningham

Chapter Director of Team Nikos Basketball Academy Long Beach

Born in Camden, New Jersey Larry and his mother relocated to Southern California at a young age. He spent his early years in Downey where he eventually starred at Downey High School. As a standout student/athlete Larry was recruited and accepted a full athletic scholarship to attend UC Riverside. Upon graduating Larry rewrote several records and earned a B.A. in Education. Larry went on to pursue his professional basketball career in Holland, Germany and with the Los Angeles Lakers organization.

Larry maintains his love and passion for basketball through coaching. Coaching allows him the opportunity to work with young people, teach them fundamentals, and foster self-respect and an appreciation for teamwork. With his players of all ages, from youth leagues to high school teams, Coach Larry aims to be a positive role model and give back to the game that has been so good to him.

Playing Career


High School: Downey High School
  • San Gabriel Valley League M.V.P.
  • 2 time – All C.I.F. 1st team
  • Mc. Donald’s All American Nominee
  • 2 time – Press Telegram Dream Team 1st Team
  • Top 5 ranked guard in California
High School: Downey High School
  • All – Time Leading Scorer in Schools History
  • 2 Time All – Tournament 1st Team
  • 2 Time All – Conference Honorable Mention
  • Sixth Man of the Year Award
  • 1st Team All Conference Freshman Team
High School: Downey High School
  • Los Angeles Defenders 11’-12’ (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Science City Jena 10’-11’ (German Bundislega – Pro A)
  • Landstede Zwolle 09’-10’ (Erevidese League)