“Five-Star is an integral part of basketball in the United States. It has its place in the history of the development of the game.” -Mike Krzyzewski
Founded in 1966, Five-Star was the brainchild of two New York City basketball junkies, Howard Garfinkel and Will Klein, who shared a singular passion and purpose: Creating a top-notch teaching camp to help kids improve their games.
Fate has been good to Five-Star. Future Hall of Famers, Hubie Brown and Chuck Daly, taught and lectured at that very first session in '66. Bob Knight invented 'teaching stations' as the camp's lead instructor a year later. And dozens of legendary coaches, including Rick Pitino and John Calipari, all launched their careers on our courts.
More than a cradle for coaches, Five-Star has been a proving ground for the everyday blue-collar player and blue chips alike: Moses Malone, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Dominique Wilkins, Isiah Thomas, Chris Mullin, Alonzo Mourning, Grant Hill, Tim Duncan, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Carmelo Anthony, Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving, and Karl-Anthony Towns have all worn the iconic orange and white t-shirt.
Over 50 years later, Five-Star remains a rite of passage for the next generation of basketball talent.