Jim Cunningham (basketball)
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Buffalo, New York
|Died||December 17, 1991|
|High school||Canisius HS|
A native of Buffalo, New York, Cunningham starred in both football and basketball at Canisius High School from 1950 to 1954. He enrolled at Fordham where he played for head coach Johnny Bach between 1955 and 1958 because college freshmen were ineligible to play varsity sports during this era. Standing Script error: No such module "convert". and weighing 190 lbs. (86 kg), Cunningham played the shooting guard position. In just three varsity seasons he scored a then-school record 1,744 points. In his senior season of 1957–58, Cunningham led the Rams to a berth in the National Invitation Tournament, where they advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Dayton. Upon the conclusion of the season he was named an All-American as well as the recipient of the Haggerty Award. The Haggerty Award is presented to the best male collegiate basketball player in the greater New York city area every year since 1935–36, and Cunningham was only Fordham's second-ever recipient. For his career at Fordham, he averaged 22.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in 76 games played.
The NBA's Boston Celtics selected Cunningham in the 1958 NBA Draft. He was taken in the third round (23rd overall) but ultimately never played in the league. In his later life he coached high school basketball.
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