Here’s some history on the Georgia Stars players:
Norman Parker started the Georgia Stars in 1988. The first year team name was the Bartow Stars. Coach Parker’s Bartow Stars were all Bartow County 12 and under boys. The Bartow Stars finished the season with a record of 34 & 5. They were AAU State runners-up and qualified to compete for the National Championship in San Antonio, Texas where they finished 24th in the nation.
In 1989 Coach Parker changed the name of the Bartow Stars to the Georgia Stars. He then began to ask players from all over the state of Georgia to participate in the program. The Georgia Stars won several YBOA and AAU State Championships from 1989 to 1994. The Georgia Stars qualified to play in the National Championship each year.
In 1995 the Georgia Stars team won it all by winning the National Championship led by William Avery. William went on to play for Duke University. After two seasons he was drafted into the NBA first round by Minnesota T’wolves. D.A. Lane UGA, T.J. Vines GA Tech, Chegley Watson Virginia, Chris Seabrooks Pittsburg, Mark Adderson Mercer were some of the players on that championship team.
After that championship year, Nike offered the Georgia Stars team sponsorship with Coach Norman Parker as director of the program. Nike continues to help sponsor the program today. The Georgia Stars have become one of the top teams in the Nike Grassroot Program. The Stars are one of only three Nike Grassroot teams that have been invited to the elite Nike Peach Jam each year since the start of the 24-team field from 1995.
In 1998, five players from Mick’s joined the 17 and under Georgia Stars team and Coach Parker added 16 and 15 and under teams. The Stars continue to win several AAU State Championships and finishing in the top 10 in the National Championship tournaments.
The Georgia Stars alumni are also very impressive. With players like Kwame Brown, he was the first high school player ever to be drafted number one in the NBA draft. Kwame was a McDonald All-American player and the 2000 Georgia High School player of the year. As was Tony Akins GT, Ezra Williams-Seattle Super Sonics, Pablo Mochato GT, Gerald Riley Georgetown, Wayne Arnold UGA, Damien Wilkens-Seattle Super Sonics, William Avery was McDonald All-American 2nd team. Lavor Postell St. NBA New York Knicks and Jamie Brewer Auburn NBA Indiana Pacers, Josh Powell-Dallas Mavericks, Louis William- McDonald All American, Naismith H.S. Player of the year, Ga H.S Player of the year, Louis was drafted by Philadelphia Seventy Sixers .
In 2001, the Georgia Stars program where they won AAU State and YBOA State and won the YBOA National Championship. In 2002, they won AAU State and finished as AAU National Championship runner-up. The 2002 17 and under team finished 3rdin the AAU National Championship. Also in 2002,the Suwannee Stars, 10 and under to 14 and under, merged as a feeder program. The Georgia Stars now consist of nine teams: 17 and under down to 10 and under with approximately 125 boys now participation in the premier program in the state of Georgia and receiving exposure nationally as one of the best programs in the country.
The teams had a great 2004 season: 2003 17u finished the seasoned with a record of 53W-12L.This was the most wins ever by a Georgia Stars team in history of the Georgia Stars Organization! However, this did not last very long. The 2004 Stars team set several records on the way to being crown the AAU National Champions with a overall record of 58-4. Records includes; – 41 straight wins before a loss. The 17U GA Stars completed the 2004 season as the National Champions and ranked #1 AAU club in the country.
Louis Williams, a premier NBA lottery pick is ranked the #1 High School/AAU player in the country.
Kwame Brown was a #1 NBA draft out of high school
Jarvis Hayes received a scholarship to University of GA and plays with the Washington Wizards
William Avery received a scholarship to Duke University
There are over 400 alumni of GA Stars who went on to Division I colleges.
There are over 45 alumni playing professional basketball in the US and abroad.
Georgia Stars now consist of 23 teams. 17-under down to 9-under with approx. 300 players now participating.
And what about our Future Stars?
The success of our older Georgia Stars does not stop there. Our younger Stars are contributing to keeping the Georgia Stars Organization on top. Below is a portion of the accomplishments from the GA Stars teams. (This list is not all inclusive.)
2008 10U National Champions.
Most Georgia Stars teams finished in the top four in either AAU or YBOA State Championships for 2004.
The 16U Blue team won the YBOA State Championship & won the AAU State Championship
Both 13U teams placed 2nd & 3rd in the YBOA State Championship
The 12U team placed 3rd in the AAU State Championship
The 11U team won the YBOA State Championship
The 10U team placed 4th in the YBOA State Championship
The 9U team placed 2nd in the YBOA State Championship & placed 4th in the AAU State Championship
Most Georgia Stars teams finished in the top ten in either AAU or YBOA National Championships for 2004.
The 17U team led by premier player Louis Williams won the AAU National Championship
The 11U team placed 10th in the YBOA National Championship
The 9U team placed 7th in the YBOA National Championship
2005 17-Under team finish the season 43-16, winning four Championship tournaments and finishing in the sweet 16 at the National Championship tournament in Orlando, Fla.
Georgia Stars Student Athletes:
To qualify for high school and college basketball, grades are paramount. As an organization we stress John Wooten’s philosophy of learning applicable to the class room and the basketball court:
*Explanation* *Demonstration* *Imitation*
*Repetition* *Repetition* *Repetition*