Today, if you get a chance to ask an any successful NBA player which step of the way was prerequisite for pointing his future basketball career to success, the most common answer would be - Five-Stars basketball camp.
The world's most famous basketball camp traces its roots all the way back to the summer of 1966, to Niverville, State of New York. The original group of three founders, six counselors, and 62 campers joined forces on an outdoor campground with an objective of teaching young prospects how to play fundamentally finer basketball.
Since then, from 1966 until 2008, OVER 250,000 PLAYERS AND COACHES, participated in the Five-Stars camps and clinics located in the Poconos (Virginia) and Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania). This huge group of names includes some 600 NBA and as many as 10000 NCAA players, many of whom became not only the most famous basketball names but also in the overall world's sports history.
As of 2018 Five-Stars basketball camp was the career stop for the unbelievable basketball group which includes
6 NBA MVPs, 41 NBA ALL-STARS and 22 Hall of Famers!
NBA MVPs who had participated in the Five-Stars basketball camp are:
Moses Malone, 1973 (NBA MVPs: 1979, 1981, 1982)
Michael Jordan, 1980 (NBA MVPs: 1988, 1991, 1996, 1998)
Tim Duncan, 1992 (NBA MVPs: 2002, 2003)
LeBron James, 2000 (NBA MVPs: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)
Kevin Durant, 2004 (NBA MVP: 2014)
Stephen Curry, 2005 (NBA MVPs: 2015, 2016)
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The following group of Hall of Famers also attended the camp:
Alonzo Mourning, 1987 (HOF Class of 2014)
Chris Mullin, 1980 (HOF Class of 2011)
Isiah Thomas, 1978 (HOF Class of 2000)
Dominique Wilkins, 1978 (HOF Class of 2006)
The key person behind the success story of the Five-Stars basketball camp, which attracted talents from all over the United States, was scouting guru Howard Garfinkel, who died back in 2008. Garfinkel was literally a father figure to many of the players involved in the camp’s programme.
Find out more details about Five-Stars basketball camp at www.fivestarbasketball.com.
Murray A. a.k.a. Marjan Crnogaj is a BN contributor and the co-author of the books ‘Drazen – The Years of the Dragon’ ('Drazen - Godine Zmaja') and 'Bridging the Generations' ('Most Generacija'). He resides in Zagreb, Croatia, currently working on his third book which tells the untold story of the 1989 Green Card Five.