Stars Alumni

Derick E. Anthonyderick

After graduating from Tuffree Middle school, Derick went immediately to the El Dorado Basketball summer camp where he got to know the El Dorado High School Basketball coaches. He had an opportunity to play with the El Dorado Freshman and Junior Varsity Basketball teams during the summer. After the Summer camp was over, Derick played exclusively with the El Dorado Junior Varsity Basketball team. He was a starting guard for the JV team during the Fall preseason. Shortly before the regular basketball season started, Derick was elevated to the Varsity team. Derick now plays in regular rotation with the El Dorado Varsity Basketball team.

Jordan Williams-Guestjordan

I’m a freshman on the Santa Margarita Catholic High School Varsity Basketball Team. God knew I needed to be in a Christian based school and I’m blessed to be here. SMHS plays in the Trinity League which has some of the best teams in the country. Head Coach Jeff Reinert, and his seven assistant coaches, are excellent and have brought the feel of a university to SM Basketball. He believes that grades come before basketball and I am working hard to keep my grades up so I can be a regular starter. Along with homework from seven classes, I practice three hours a day, which is two hours of practice and at least one hour of weights. Practice usually consists of individual post moves, fast-break drills, five on five, reviewing plays, and running sprints. In the weight room we do bench, upright bench with dumbbells, squats, leg press, and we run circuits. I used to get really sore from all the work, but now I’m used to it, and getting stronger. It’s very exciting playing in front of the student section called “The Eagle’s Nest”. I have great teammates and we believe we can win Division-1 CIF, and State. Looking back, I believe that God lead me to different teams with good Christian Coaches who taught not just skills, good sportsmanship, and character, but they constantly encouraged and believed in me and each of my teammates. If it weren’t for this positive experience and extensive training I would not have been ready to play basketball with confidence and at a high level starting as a freshman in high school. I am very grateful for the four-five years that I played for Coach Dennis Murphy on the NJB STARS. He not only prepared me for high school basketball, but WE HAD FUN!! Besides great local basketball tournaments, we had bowling parties at least twice a year, and tournaments in Las Vegas, Reno, San Francisco, Hawaii, and then Nationals in Memphis Tennessee and Orlando Florida. We prayed before each game and after each practice and game. All of this, and the bonding that took place with my teammates and their families, is something I will never forget. God will always be a part of my life as I try to honor the Lord in everything I do, just as I tried to do when I was on the NJB STARS Team. Also, a special “Thank You” to Coaches Dennis, Jeremy, Matt, Henry, Mack, and Stu.

Reilly Cayaphoto

Stars was my first club team. I came into the program needing to improve and learn. Over the 4 years I played with Coach Murphy, (5th-8th grade), I got much better as a person and as a basketball player. I also became closer to God because coach Murphy would also tell us to read the bible and we would pray every practice and game. Stars helped me learn the fundamentals of Basketball before all the fancy stuff that comes with it. As we got better and older, we played against better competition that helped me prepare for high school ball. Stars was a great experience and I highly encourage people to play with them.

Lucas EverettLucas Picture

Lucas started the STARS on the green team when he was 11 and within a year began playing for the Blue team. He was willing to move back and forth playing wherever the coaches wanted him. His last year and one half in the program, he played for the ELITE, a team he loved. Lucas remembers from STARS and ELITE, going to Las Vegas and winning and going to Orlando and all the things the boys did. He remembered all the practice and how fun it was just to be with all the guys, and how sometimes one player would be great and the next time it would be someone else and everyone would always be happy for whoever it was that had a great game.Now at Sonora High School, Lucas is still #15 and played the season on the JV team as a starter, but has been moved up to Varsity. I think one of the highlights of his season was the game where he was injured, but he started and in 38 seconds scored 3 threes and then left the rest of the game because he was hurt. He played consistently and averaged 12-15 points a game as a small forward

Michael RoussinIMG_1309

I participated in the Stars program from 5th grade to 8th grade. During that time the Stars team taught me not only about the game of basketball but about teamwork and good sportsmanship. The stars program made me into the solid basketball player that I am today. Stars were a family and not only a team. I started on the Canyon High School Freshman Basketball team as a shooting guard. Our team came in 2nd place only losing 2 games in league play.

Matthew RoussinIMG_1310

I participated in the Stars program from 5th grade until 8th grade. Stars and Dennis Murphy made me the ball player that i am today. He taught be about what it meant to play as a team and to always play with Good Sportsmanship. Stars was my family for 4 years and due to this time It helped me make the Freshman Basketball team at Canyon High School. We had a tremendous year and I thank Dennis and the team for helping me get to where I am.