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Gerald Cunningham

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Gerald Cunningham, Kentucky State

Gerald Cunningham finished his career at Kentucky State as the second all-time leader in scoring and rebounding to hall-of-famers Travis Grant and Elmore Smith respectively. His totals of 2,635 points (21.8 ppg) and 1,304 rebounds (10.8 rpg) made him the second 2,500/1,000 player in the program after Grant.  He is the first player to lead the NAIA National Tournament in scoring and rebounding the same year when he led KSU to a third-place finish his freshman year of 1974. He was named to the 1974 NAIA All-Tournament First Team. During the next three years, he was three-time first-team NAIA All-American, two-time first-team National Association of Basketball Coaches NCAA Division II All-American (1975 & 1977), and two-time NABC NCAA Division II All-District (1975, 1st Team & 1977, 3rd Team). Cunningham led the NAIA in field goal percentage in 1975 (68.1%), and is a member of the NAIA 75 th Anniversary Team. The New York Nets drafted him in the fifth-round of the 1977 NBA Draft.

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