5 Star Basketball is focused on improving each player's skill set that will make them the best high school basketball player possible. Every kid wants to play college basketball but it starts with being a great high school player and teammate. One of the most common questions we get from college coaches when they ask about a player is “what kind of teammate is this player?”. Everyone on our coaching staff is a high school coach at heart. We understand what it takes to be a great varsity basketball player and what it takes to win at the varsity level. We train players and prepare them with that mindset. Once a player is a legitimate candidate to play at the next level, we take great pride in the relationships we have built with college coaches and work hand in hand with our players through the process. We share film, stats, and more. We do whatever it takes to get college opportunities for our players. 5 Star Basketball has produced dozens of college scholarship players, 2 players ranked number one in the state for 3-point field goal percentage, All-State, All-Conference, and All-Area selections with multiple players leading Elkhart County in scoring. Additionally, 5 Star Basketball athletes have been chosen for the prestigious McDonald’s All-Star game hosted by Bethel University. Will you be the next one?
Our coaches have over 50 years of combined experience
We only grow when we are challenged. We play against the best so we can be the best
Our teams work together to ensure every player makes it to the court. Need a ride? We have you covered
Our coaches are here to help each player grow. Your concerns will never go unheard
Coach Brae has been a coach/director of basketball operations for 5 Star Basketball for the last 5 years. Before 5 Star, Coach Brae was head JV coach and Varsity Assistant at Bethany Christian for two seasons. After stepping down from Bethany because of the birth of he and his wife's first child, Coach Brae was able to stay involved with basketball through 5 Star Basketball. He is a high school coach at heart and teaches the traits necessary to both win and be a great player at the varsity level.
Coach Brandon Abel, a Jimtown High School graduate, joins 5 Star Basketball with over 7 years of experience coaching and training players at multiple levels. Most recently a high school Varsity Assistant, Coach Abel has had the honor of coaching and training athletes who have gone on to play college basketball at the NCAA Div. 2 and Div. 3 levels. While at 5 Star Basketball, he has coached multiple elite basketball teams and trained basketball players at all levels. Coach Abel’s coaching experience and basketball knowledge bring 5 Star Basketball a level of quality that is unmatched in the industry.
LaPhonso, retired NBA Player and ESPN College Basketball Analyst, played high school basketball at East St. Louis Lincoln High School, where he led the Tigers to two straight Illinois Class AA boys’ championships in 1987 and 1988. In 1988, he was named a Parade All-American and McDonald’s High School All-American and in 2007 was voted one of the “100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament.” Ellis played for Notre Dame where he led in blocked shots in each of his four seasons, the only player in school history to do so. Ellis has played for the Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Miami Heat. He retired from the NBA in 2003 and currently serves as a college basketball analyst for ESPN.