Gene/Geno Littles, played college basketball for the High Point University/High Point College Purple Panthers…Gene is considered by most followers and observers of HPU basketball, as the top player in HPU/HPC men’s basketball history…
(Gene passed away on Thursday, September 9/Gene Littles was 78 years old)
Gene played for the Carolina Cougars of the ABA, after his college days at High Point College…Gene also was the head coach of the N.C. A&T Aggies, and he was the head coach of the Charlotte Hornets, for two seasons…Gene coached the Hornets during the 1989-1990 and 1990-1991 seasons, and also spent time as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Denver Nuggets…
Gene played at High Point College back in the days when High Point, Guilford, Catawba, Lenoir-Rhyne, Elon and even Western Carolina ruled the old Carolinas Conference…Carolinas Conference basketball was on par with many of the players that you would find in the ACC/Atlantic Coast Conference, back in the 1960’s and 1970’s….
High Point College had Gene Littles, Guilford College had M.L. Carr, Lloyd Free, Bob Kauffman, and others, Catawba College had Dwight Durante, Elon College had Tommy Cole, Western Carolina University had Henry Logan, Lenoir-Rhyne had John Lynch, and there were many major names, on the Carolinas Conference circuit…
Gene Littles was one of the top/best/most talented basketball players to even lace them up, here in the Carolinas….Gene came to the Triad out of McKinley High School, in Washington, D.C.
(His wife worked for WGHP TV 8 in High Point, and that also helped keep Gene in our area, after his college days at High Point were complete.)
— Tubby Smith (@CoachTubbySmith) September 11, 2021
The story on Gene Littles from Wikipedia/www.wikipedia.com
Eugene Scape Littles (born June 29, 1943) is a retired American basketball player and coach. He played professional basketball for six years.
Littles played college basketball at High Point University(High Point College), where he is the all-time leading scorer in High Point school history, and a NAIA All-American. Afterward Littles was selected in the 5th round of the 1969 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks and in the 1969 ABA Draft by the Dallas Chaparrals. Littles opted to play in the American Basketball Association (ABA).
Littles played for five seasons with the Carolina Cougars (1969–74). He was named to the All-Rookie Team in 1970. He then played for one season (1974–75) with the Kentucky Colonels. With Kentucky, Littles was a member of the Colonels team that won the 1975 ABA Championship.
After his playing career, Littles got into coaching, and became an assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Littles then served as the head basketball coach at North Carolina A&T from 1977 to 1979. Littles led the team to two straight MEAC Tournament Championships. He got his first taste of NBA head coaching when George Karl was dismissed at the end of the 1985–86 season. The Cavaliers next year hired Lenny Wilkens, however.
In 1990, Littles got a second NBA head coaching job, with the Charlotte Hornets—replacing Dick Harter. He lasted as season and a half with the recent-expansion Hornets, until he was replaced with Allan Bristow at the end of the 1990–91 season. Littles later became an assistant with the Denver Nuggets, and served as an interim coach during the 1994–95 season, in between Dan Issel and Bernie Bickerstaff.