Louisville, KY, home of the NCAA National champion Kentucky Wildcats have a special houseguest for the week, Five-Star Basketball Camp.
Players from all over the world, NY, Colorado, Ohio, Georgia, Canada and even Israel gathered at the most modern basketball facility in the state of Kentucky HOOPS in Louisville. They came to get a four-day basketball experience of drills, games and of course non-stop teaching unlike any other camp in the world.
Day one opened with coach John Pigatti briefing the 150 or so campers on the history of Five-Star and the expectations we have for our players. After he was done the kids broke off in to traditional Five-Star stations.
Opening night included shooting fundamentals, game conditioning, dribbling, man to man D, lost art of passing, science of footwork and post moves, and that was just day one. By the time games began the next day the campers had a strong foundation to help them compete for Five-Star supremacy.
The Paces led by eventual Orange and White MVP, Scott Sterusky of North Harden HS, kicked off the action against the Celtics and Mr. Hustle himself, no not Rajon Rondo but the one and only Kenneth Washira of Western High School. The two teams set the tone for what will be considered one of Five-Stars most talent laden camps.
(Coach Cage goes over game planning with his guys)
The NCAA division not to be sold short had a VERY talented group themselves led by twin brothers Malachi and Isaiah Rice, and Jerron and Ron Artest. The NCAA Orange and White game set a Five-Star record for highest point total at the end of the first quarter (30-25) and another record of 22 three pointers, ten of which came in the first quarter.
The NCAA Orange and White game ran congruintley with the NBA division finals which was played by the Knicks led by coach Bryan Wyant and the Warriors headed by coach Maze Stallworth , and his big man Ray Kasongo who already has offers from Arizona, Cincinnati, Maryland, West Virginia and Indiana.
(NCAA Orange All-Stars led by coach Hans Desir)
The Knicks went on to win the chip on the shoulders of Angel Rivera of Hughes High School in Ohio. Rivera had a double-double, one of the reasons he went on to win camp MOP and Best Playmaker, something only a handful of Five-Star Campers have done in the 46 year history of the camp.
The final game of camp was the traditional Orange and White classic coached by Matt Taylor of the White team and and coach Wyant of the Orange side. The game which was streamed live on the internet on IHIGH.COM. Angel Rivera led the Orange squad with 14 points and 12 assists along with multiple jaw dropping assists. Jordan Brangers of Eastern High School started the game off on a hot streak for the White squad hitting three, three pointers in the first quarter.
(White All-Stars, Coach: Matt Taylor, Alex Avery, Patrick Triplett, Jordan Branger, Tim Boyd, Dmitri Rucker, John Obertate, Adam Sheehan, Darren Montgomery, Bar Sigev, Tre Ivory, Chris Mccraw, Tyler Lewis, Sam Sergeant)
(Orange All-Stars, Coach: Bryan Wyant, Jacquez Beard, Angel Rivera, Stephen Hanley, Ray Kasongo, Luke Schwartz, Eric Woods, Demetrius Anderson, “DayDay” Crumes, Scott Sterusky, Kenneth Washira, Hunter Noffsinger)
Overall the camp was a HUGE success and was jam packed with major future D1 talent. Stay tuned for more from Five-Star.