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Award Winners Celebrated At Melrose Rising Star Session
by posted 07/29/2019


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.

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Alex Mitchell Named Outstanding Player in Waltham Camp
by posted 07/15/2019


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.

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Hall of Famer Joe Killilea
by posted 07/12/2019


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!
 

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Rising Star welcomes Brandeis coach Jean Bain
by posted 05/13/2019

Rising Star Basketball School

welcomes Brandeis coach Jean Bain

Rising Star Basketball School is proud to welcome Brandeis University men’s basketball coach Jean Bain to the roster of coaches for this summer’s Rising Star camps.

Bain is coming off a tremendously successful first year with the Judges as he led Brandeis to the fourth ECAC crown in program history with a 72-60 victory against Rutgers-Newark in the Division III final. Brandeis won its last four games of the season and finished with an 18-11 record.

The title capped a remarkable turnaround season for the program that improved 11 victories over last year’s seven-win campaign. The 18 wins were the most for a Brandeis team since the 2011 ECAC championship squad.

The Medford native was a Rising Star camper and counselor, who became a 1,000-point scorer with the Mustangs, and is a member of the Medford High Athletics Hall of Fame.

A 2002 graduate of Northeastern University, Bain previously served as assistant and associate head coach at Columbia University where he was the program’s recruiting coordinator as well. He has also been the associate head coach at Dartmouth College, and an assistant at the University of New Hampshire and WPI.

Bain was an outstanding player on Huntington Avenue with the Huskies as he was named America East Rookie of the Year in 1999, All-America East in 2002, and served as a two-time team captain.

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 camps will be held at Waltham High School (June 24-27 and July 8-11), Melrose High School (July 22-25) and North Attleboro High School (July 29 to Aug. 1). Rising Star will also hold its first College Exposure Camp at Melrose High (June 14-15).

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

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'Playing' defense
by Kevin O'Brien posted 12/09/2018

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

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Coaching youth basketball
by Webmaster posted 11/26/2018

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.

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Body to body
by Kevin O'Brien posted 04/16/2018

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.
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