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SFC’s Larry Moreno goes viral with Brooklyn trick shots

Brooklyn native featured on ESPN, NBC and throughout social media

May 8, 2020 John Torenli
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Larry Moreno wears a zero on his jersey when he is dribbling up and down Remsen Street’s Pope Center for the St. Francis Brooklyn men’s basketball team.

But the sophomore guard and graduate of Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology is picking up some very impressive numbers off the hardwood these days, becoming a viral sensation for his otherworldly ability to hit trick shots in and around our borough on his twitter feed.

Standing at 5-foot-11, the former Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week is fighting off boredom during the ongoing coronavirus epidemic by getting up early and hitting the streets with his brother to find a shot worthy of his fast-growing reputation for making seemingly impossible baskets.

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Whether he’s bouncing the ball of the side of a building and watching it hop through the net or heaving balls over intersections and tickling the twine from a hundred feet away, Moreno finds a way to entertain his house-bound masses of followers on social media.

“When it comes to creativity, I just go outside and look at my environment,” Moreno told NBC 4’s Bruce Beck on Sunday.

“Me and my brother make sure that we wear our gloves and wear our masks,” added Moreno, who guided his varsity squad to its first-ever Public School Athletic League title before committing to SFC in 2018. “We also go out bright and early in the morning … because nobody would be out there.”

Moreno’s trick shots have become a staple of highlight heavy sites and televised programs like ESPN.com, Sportscenter, Overtime, House of Highlights and FIBA over the past several months.

He first went viral on Sportscenter’s and Overtime’s Instagram pages in late March.

Since then, he has appeared on Sportcenter’s Instagram Top 10 five times for his trick shots and was featured on the homepage of ESPN.com and the ESPN app for a pair of shots on April 29.

Nicknamed Lightcheese Larry and the Dominican Mamba, Moreno also had a solid first season on the court for the Terriers this past season after sitting out the 2018-19 campaign due to injury.

He averaged 3.7 points and 1.5 rebounds per game over 11 contests and captured the NEC’s Rookie of the Week honor on Feb. 10 after helping the Terriers to a 70-67 victory over Mount St. Mary’s two days earlier by scoring a career-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting.

The Terriers were bounced out of the NEC Tournament back in March despite taking top-seeded Robert Morris to the wire in the opening round.

SFC figures to be back in the mix for a shot at its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance next year with a batch of fresh recruits and key returnees.

Moreno will be back as well, as soon as he figures out his next shot.

“I don’t know what’s next so everybody’s got to stay tuned,” he said.


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