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The Rising Star Basketball School is coming off a great summer of camps in Waltham, Melrose and North Attleboro!

More exciting upcoming opportunities include:

Progressions Sessions This Fall

Individual Improvement Sessions!

(Grades 8 through 12)!

Thanksgiving Clinic

(3 Days Before Tryouts)!

Christmas Clinic

(Grades 4 through 9)!

Private Lessons Upon Request!

 

Contact Us: 603-417-5163 or www.RisingStarBasketballSchool.com

"Our Passion is Your Improvement!"

 

 

 

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George Ladd Heads Honors List At North Attleboro Camp
08/21/2019
  NORTH ATTLEBORO - The Rising Star Basketball School recently...
Award Winners Celebrated At Melrose Rising Star Session
07/29/2019
  MELROSE - The Rising Star Basketball School recently completed...
Christian Grosso Takes Pride in Rising Star Teamwork
07/24/2019
  WALTHAM - While Christian Grosso emerged as one of the...
Alex Mitchell Named Outstanding Player in Waltham Camp
07/15/2019
  WALTHAM - Alex Mitchell made a big impression in his first...
Hall of Famer Joe Killilea
07/12/2019
Congratulations to longtime Rising Star Coach & Asst. Director Joe...
'Playing' defense
12/09/2018
Are you 'on defense' or 'playing defense'? At...
Coaching youth basketball
11/26/2018
Coaching the right way! In the video below, former NBA coach Stan...
Body to body
04/16/2018
Body to body Attendees of Rising Star will often hear us encouraging...
 
George Ladd Heads Honors List At North Attleboro Camp

George Ladd, back, was named Outstanding Player at the Rising Star Basketball School North Attleboro camp.

 

NORTH ATTLEBORO - The Rising Star Basketball School recently completed its final camp of the summer with a great four days of basketball at North Attleboro High School. The Outstanding Player Award at the NBA high school level went to North Attleboro rising junior George Ladd.

“Being named the Outstanding Player was an honor,” Ladd said. “But it was thanks to my teammates’ unselfishness. I feel like my skills aren’t necessarily what won me the award, but actually just my hard work at the camp and focus throughout the camp.”

Ladd was participating in his third year of Rising Star Basketball School and was at the camp with many members of the North Attleboro program.

“They have helped me improve my all-around game,” he said of the Rising Star staff. “The most improvements I feel I have made are in ball-handling and post moves. This year’s camp was mostly players from North Attleboro and this helps to build team chemistry in the offseason so that when the season starts we will know how each other plays.”

The NBA division Most Improved Player Award went to Jared Uncher, Brody Rosenberg earned the Best Defensive Player Award, Eden Kelly won the Best Stations Award and Tommy Onorato won the Attitude Award.

All NBA award winners are from North Attleboro.

John Cody named Outstanding Player in the Big East division. Connor Murphy was named Most Improved, Jack Munley was named Best Defensive Player, Adam St. Germain was named Best Stations and Jacob Costello earned the Attitude Award.

Cody, Murphy, Munley and Costello are from North Attleboro. St. Germain is from Cumberland, R.I.

Jonnie Obuchowski was named Outstanding Player in the ACC division. Bryan Welch was named Most Improved. Alexander Confarotta was named Best Stations. Ryan Backner earned the Attitude Award.

Obuchowski, Welch and Backner are from North Attleboro, while Confarotta is from Attleboro.

ACC All-Stars are Brady Backner and Matt Whalen, both of North Attleboro.

ABOUT RISING STAR BASKETBALL SCHOOL: The Rising Star Basketball School was founded in 1989 with the desire to create an atmosphere to teach the game properly. Unlike many camps that emphasize "just playing" or "casual instruction" Rising Star continually seeks to improve the ability level of our players by providing them with superb coaches who oversee thorough teaching and proper repetitions. The atmosphere at our camp encourages players to improve their work ethic and skills, while always fostering the importance of sportsmanship and team play.

For more information on all camps, or to register, go to www.risingstarbasketballschool.com.


by posted 08/21/2019
Award Winners Celebrated At Melrose Rising Star Session

The Rising Star Basketball School was at Melrose High School July 22-25 for a great week of camp.

 

MELROSE - The Rising Star Basketball School recently completed its week-long camp at Melrose High School with an awards ceremony celebrating achievements in effort and skill development.

In the Big East Division, the All-Stars were: Jake Strollo of Lexington, Zach Federico of Melrose, Tim Mulvey of Reading and Matt Richardson of Middleton.

Outstanding Player was Hudson Weidman of Boxford, Attitude Award winner was Kiren Thomas of Melrose, Best Stations Award winner was Justin Yates of Lexington, Most Improved was Anthony Caruso of Saugus and Best Defender was Ellis Davis of Melrose.

In the ACC Division, the All-Stars were: Josh Bird of Melrose, Owen Mujelli of Melrose, Tessa Andriano of Marblehead, Nick Grimaldi of Newbury and John Lamas of Melrose.                    

Outstanding Player was Justin Brown of Newbury, Attitude Award winner and Best Stations award winner was Sam Madden of Melrose, Most Improved was Matt Schmitt of Melrose and Best Defender was Marrietta O’Connell of Marblehead.

In the NBA Division, All-Stars were: Charlie Borstel of Melrose and T.J. Overbaugh of Newbury.

Outstanding Player was Kyle Odoy of Rowley, Attitude Award winner was Quintin McHale of Newbury, Best Stations Award winner was Ryan Maher of Melrose, Most Improved was A.J. Jefferson of Melrose and Best Defender was Andrew Beauchesne of Melrose.

ABOUT RISING STAR BASKETBALL SCHOOL: The Rising Star Basketball School was founded in 1989 with the desire to create an atmosphere to teach the game properly. Unlike many camps that emphasize "just playing" or "casual instruction" Rising Star continually seeks to improve the ability level of our players by providing them with superb coaches who oversee thorough teaching and proper repetitions. The atmosphere at our camp encourages players to improve their work ethic and skills, while always fostering the importance of sportsmanship and team play.

For more information on all camps, or to register, go to www.risingstarbasketballschool.com.


by posted 07/29/2019
Christian Grosso Takes Pride in Rising Star Teamwork

The Rising Star Basketball School's first session this summer at Waltham High. (Jackie Colombie Photo)

 

WALTHAM - While Christian Grosso emerged as one of the top individuals players in his age division during the first session of the Rising Star Basketball School in Waltham this summer, he said his biggest takeaway from the weeklong camp was how much the sport is all about team.

“I enjoyed working with the other players at the camp,” said Grosso, who was named an Outstanding Player at the end of Session I in June. “One thing that I learned that will help me in my basketball career playing for my school is that teamwork wins games. One person cannot win the game by himself.”

Grosso, who has been coming to Rising Star for four years, said he thought this year’s camp was enjoyable in many different ways.

“As soon as I walked into the camp I was in a basketball-filled environment where I could improve, while also having fun,” he said.

Grosso said being a veteran of Rising Star – having attended the camp with his friends and brothers each summer – helped him show off his skills on his way to being named Outstanding Player.

“I think I was able to excel because of my previous years of training,” he said, “in which I became better as a player. I think I showcased great shooting and ball-handling.”

ABOUT RISING STAR BASKETBALL SCHOOL: The Rising Star Basketball School was founded in 1989 with the desire to create an atmosphere to teach the game properly. Unlike many camps that emphasize "just playing" or "casual instruction" Rising Star continually seeks to improve the ability level of our players by providing them with superb coaches who oversee thorough teaching and proper repetitions. The atmosphere at our camp encourages players to improve their work ethic and skills, while always fostering the importance of sportsmanship and team play.

This summer’s remaining camp will be held at North Attleboro High School (July 29 to Aug. 1).

For more information on all camps, or to register, go to www.risingstarbasketballschool.com.


by posted 07/24/2019
Alex Mitchell Named Outstanding Player in Waltham Camp

Rising Star Outstanding Player Alex Mitchell plays some tough defense during the first week of camp in Waltham. (Jackie Colombie Photo)

 

WALTHAM - Alex Mitchell made a big impression in his first time attending The Rising Star Basketball School as the Buckingham, Browne & Nichols player was named Outstanding Player in the NBA Division at this year’s June session at Waltham High School.

“I really enjoyed the camp this year,” Mitchell said. “Coming in I wasn't quite sure what to expect. But in the end I had a lot of fun. I think the best takeaway for me was all the different drills they gave us to improve our game. Even if you are working out alone, there are still many drills that they gave us to improve our skills, specifically ball-handling and shooting.”

The competition for the top award was fierce with Mitchell edging out Outstanding Players from last year’s camps in Waltham and Melrose.

“As a high school athlete who wants to take basketball as far as possible,” Mitchell said, “my goal every time I step on the court is to improve as much as possible, while also making those around me better. That's what I believe a good leader does for his team.

“I also attribute my success to my work ethic, perseverance and hunger to get better each and every day. I think this award will serve as a confidence-booster for me, and help me believe in myself more often, as well as take more risks, which should lead to more success on the court.”

Mitchell said one of his BB&N teammates – Ryan Stewart – recommended the Rising Star Basketball School to him.

“I think this camp has something to offer for every player regardless of skill level,” he said.

ABOUT RISING STAR BASKETBALL SCHOOL: The Rising Star Basketball School was founded in 1989 with the desire to create an atmosphere to teach the game properly. Unlike many camps that emphasize "just playing" or "casual instruction" Rising Star continually seeks to improve the ability level of our players by providing them with superb coaches who oversee thorough teaching and proper repetitions. The atmosphere at our camp encourages players to improve their work ethic and skills, while always fostering the importance of sportsmanship and team play.

This summer’s remaining camps will be held at Melrose High School (July 22-25) and North Attleboro High School (July 29 to Aug. 1).

For more information on all camps, or to register, go to www.risingstarbasketballschool.com.


by posted 07/15/2019
Hall of Famer Joe Killilea

Rising Star coach Joe Killilea and East Boston coach Mike Ingram Rubin

Congratulations to longtime

Rising Star Coach & Asst. Director

Joe Killilea on being chosen for the

Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame!
 


by posted 07/12/2019
'Playing' defense

Are you 'on defense' or 'playing defense'?

At RISING STAR  we talk about the importance of defensive stance and the “cable system.” Note the defensive player in an excellent stance with great balance, proper hand and foot placement and the distance he is from the offensive player, an arm’s-plus length. This spacing is critical in containing the offensive player from advancing to the basket. Players at every level have difficulty in doing this.

The importance of defense can not be understated at every level of basketball.

The positive effects of a good defensive player and team results in winning. Too often players enter their high school and even their college years unprepared, or worse not committed to being an accomplished defensive player. A great defensive player is invaluable to their team.
 
1. DESIRE: Much can be accomplished if you want it more than your opponent
2. STANCE: Our cable system demands a low stance with great balance and proper hand/feet position
3. VISION: Play the ball/see your man
4. POSITION: Proper spacing on the ball -- pressure the ball or be in proper help position
5. ANTICIPATION: Constant movement of the feet
6. REBOUND!: It marks the end of a successful defensive set


by Kevin O'Brien posted 12/09/2018
Coaching youth basketball

Coaching the right way!

In the video below, former NBA coach Stan Van Gundy addresses the primary problem with youth basketball today -- namely that too many coaches prioritize winning games over skill development. At Rising Star, we focus on developing players to reach their potential.


by Webmaster posted 11/26/2018
Body to body

Body to body

Attendees of Rising Star will often hear us encouraging a "body-to-body" approach to going to the basket. This applies to all one-on-one moves, including ballhandling and off the catch. You are trying to get an advantage with your first step to the hoop. In the picture above, Celtics guard Kyrie Irving demonstrates the exact way to maximize your effectiveness going to the basket.

  • Put your shoulder as close to the defender's hip as possible.
  • This puts you in a direct line to the basket.
  • By putting the defender on your side it allows for a clear window (opening) to score of draw the defense and pass to an open teammate.
  • It gives your body momentum going forward and on balance.
  • The vast majority of high school and college players avoid the contact and go around the defender. This gives the defense room to recover and eliminates any advantage of a good initial move. By going around the defender the offensive player often will be off-balance, resulting in a missed shot or layup.

by Kevin O'Brien posted 04/16/2018