David Brown

Coach Brown founded Basketball Stars of NY in June of 2011. His basketball career began at Riverdale Country Day School as a member of the NYSAIS state champion Falcon squad before finishing high school at the Dwight School in Manhattan and enjoying another NYSAIS title before receiving an offer to play basketball at Colgate University. After two years of Division 1 experience, Coach Brown finished his collegiate basketball experience at Division III powerhouse Connecticut College in the NESCAC's. Upon graduation, David spent time coaching for Collegiate High School, John Jay College, Susquehanna University, and the New Heights Basketball organization, here in Manhattan. While coaching at Susquehanna University, coach pursued a Masters of Education as an instructional specialist from Bucknell University. His summers have been spent at Basketball Stars of NY Camps.  

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Dermon Player

Dermon Player joins the Basketball Stars team after spending four years as assistant coach at Seton Hall University in the Big East Conference.  Player’s ties and roots to New York City began in the early 1990’s as an assistant coach at Rice High School.  At the same time, Player coached one of the most talented AAU teams in history with Elton Brand, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest on the front line.  Folllowing Rice HS, he went on to be the Athletic Director of Wadleigh High School in New York and transitioned Riverside Church into the Metro Hawks.  After a couple of years, Coach Player was granted the opportunity to join the coaching staff at St. John’s University in 1998 where served as an assistant for six years before becoming a scout for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats. Coach Player’s high level of energy and vast experience on the court makes him a perfect fit for the Basketball Stars team.

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