Larry Cunningham is a 25 year old 190cm guard that was born in Camden, New Jersey and grew up outside Los Angeles in Downey, California. He played at Cal.St.-Riverside (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 30 games: averaging 16.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.3%, 3Pts: 32.3%, FT: 82.5%. He scored 31 points against Hawaii to surpass Howard Lee (1969-72) and became UCR ‘s all-time leading scorer. He is an NBA level athlete who possesses high speed and strength which enables him to compete at the highest level. He has a quick release and the ability to create his own shot off the dribble and finishes well around the basket. He is an outstanding rebounder who likes to crash the boards, is aggressive one on one defender with impressive foot speed. He came to Europe in 2008 and as a rookie played in Holland for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 33 games: 13.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 29.1%, FT: 75.6%. He signed with Science City Jena and took the rapid 10 Miles questions basketball exchange for German Hoops talking basketball.
You played in Holland last season for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 33 games: 13.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 29.1%, FT: 75.6%. Now your playing in Germany for Science City Jena in PRO A. What do you expect from the league?
The league is going to be very competitive this year. A lot of competition from top to bottom and I’m excited to be part of that.
How has training camp been? What is your impression of the team? It has three Americans with yourself, Adrian Hill and Jamil Tucker. What can this team achieve?
Training camp has been competitive and physically challenging but very positive. We have spent a lot of time together here and enjoy each other’s company. Our team has a good mixture of players from veterans to rookies that offer versatility and depth at each position. Adrian and Jamil are strong players that exemplify our flexibility in what we want to accomplish with matchups. If we execute our assignments every game there is no reason why we shouldn’t achieve a standing at the top of the league.
What is your impression of coach Tino Stumpf? What kind of style can we await from the team this season?
Coach Tino is very mindful of the different aspects of the game which shows in his detail in approach and execution of the game. We will attack defensively and offensively, a fun style of play especially when you’re winning.
What are the biggest differences to Germany and Holland?
I haven’t experienced too much in my short time in Germany so far but I would say the food and weather. Holland has some wonderful pastry dishes that I really liked. Germany’s weather is sunny one second then pouring down rain the next.
What is a secret of your game that nobody knows about?
The many hours of work on a daily basis during the offseason I put in to improve my skill level, IQ and athleticism. I strive to take as much into account as I can to get better.
Who was your NBA role model as a kid?
Growing up in Los Angeles I got a chance to see Kobe Bryant develop on a nightly basis into the best player in the game.
You were the alltime leading scorer at Cal-Riverside. What is your nicest memory from your NCAA days?
My nicest memory was the night I became alltime leading scorer. We won and I played a great game. I have pride in being able to say I reached the mountain top to leave my mark for the next person.
Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA now?
Will the Los Angeles Lakers defend their NBA title and what will the Miami Heat achieve with Lebron James?
Yes the Los Angeles Lakers will defend their NBA title. The Miami Heat will barely make it to the finals in a close victory against the Boston Celtics to eventually lose to the Lakers in 7 games.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
‘Hot Tub Time Machine’