Gene Littles was an all-time leading scorer in High Point University basketball history as well as an NAIA All-American player. Littles went on to play in the ABA after opting not to play for the NBA New York Knicks in 1969. Littles played for the Carolina Cougars for five seasons (1969-1974) and was named to the All-Rookie Team in 1970, followed by one year with the Kentucky Colonels. After his playing career, Littles began coaching as an assistant with the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers. Littles served as the Head Basketball Coach at North Carolina A&T from 1977-1979 coaching the Aggies to two straight MEAC Tournament Championships. Littles served as the Head Coach of the Charlotte Hornets from 1990-1991.