Hawks’ Cunningham played hoops at the White House with President Obama during college

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Jared Cunningham played hoops with President Obama during college

It is no secret that President Barack Obama is a big basketball fan. We have all seen Obama show off his hoops game over the years, but I’m not sure how many of us knew he was hooping it up with college kids. One of those college kids is Jared Cunningham, who now plays in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks.

While playing at Oregon State, Cunningham was coached by Craig Robinson. For those of you who don’t know, Robinson is Obama’s brother-in-law. So as you can imagine, one of the perks of playing under the President’s brother-in-law was being able to play some hoops with the President at the White House.

Via AJC.com (Hawks Blog):

The Hawks guard played three seasons at Oregon State, where he was all Pac-12 first-team in 2012. He played under head coach Craig Robinson – better know as President Barack Obama’s brother-in-law. Cunningham and his teammates made three trips to the White House to play a little basketball with the President.

“We went to the White House, hung out with Barack, played hoops a couple of times,” Cunningham said as part of an interview with the AJC Wednesday. “This past year, they went and had dinner at the White House. Unfortunately, I missed it. I wish I could have been there for that one.”

Cunningham is trying to make the Atlanta Hawks roster after a disappointing rookie season. But even if he fails to make any NBA team, he has stories and memories he can share that will last a lifetime.

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