AAU and Spring Basketball

Dyami Starks

Program Director

Phone:

218-390-9057

Email:

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CJ Osuchukwu

College Coordinator

Phone:

202-549-1343

Email:

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Development & Exposure

Starks Elite is an AAU program that runs alongside Starks Academy. Because the two are intertwined, Starks Elite is an AAU program that is built on high-end player development, not pooling talent. Program Director, Dyami Starks, based this philosophy on his late father, Will Starks, who is responsible for developing some of the best Northland players of all time (Anders & Bjorn Broman, Johnny Woodard, Chad Calcaterra, Steve Tecker, Joel Lindberg, Taylor Stafford to name a few). Both father and son believed player development was the key to success both on and off the court.  Starks Elite was created to honor that vision.

Having played at the D1 level, Dyami knows every in-and-out of the college basketball recruiting process. He understands the subtleties of the game, what coaches look for and how to play the RIGHT way in order to showcase yourself. 

Athletes will have no problem receiving exposure. There is no need to pay for a recruiting platform, an app or a website. Exposure is based on relationships, and Starks Elite is the go-to Northern Minnesota program for college coaches. 

 

College Coordinator CJ Osuchukwu has personal access to over 200 schools, coaches, directors and writers across the country. One phone call is all it takes for a Starks Elite Athlete to be looked at. The player need only show up, play hard, be a great teammate and showcase their ability. 

Starks Elite Accolades

14U Girls
Chloe Johnson (Lakeview Christian Academy)
Ava Meirotto (Marshall)
Chloe Carlson (Proctor)
Anna Saari (Marshall)

Marta Forsline (Mesabi East)
Brooke Boland (Pine City)

 

17U Girls
Tieryn Plasch (Northwestern)
Ashlynne Guenther (Duluth East)
Rachel Hagen (Duluth East)
Regan Juenemann (Marshall)
Jessika Loftstrom (Grand Rapids)
Gabby Fineday (Cass Lake)
Chloe Johnson (LCA)
Hope Carlson (Proctor)
Jaiden Haile (Horace, ND)

 

17U Boys
Isaac Nyakundi (MacDuffie Prep)
Asher Zubich (MIB)
Trenton Gomez (Two Harbors)
Cuinn Berger (Esko)
Jobe Juenemann (Duluth East)
Dillon Bement (Duluth East)
Owen Wilson (Blackduck)
Patrick Smith (Duluth East)
Keaton Christianson (Hermantown)

  • 34-4 in the previous two summers: ALL TOP DIVISION

    • Won 25 consecutive games before their first loss​

  • Chloe Johnson #4 ranked player-Naismith National c/o 2028

  • Ava Meirotto, Annabelle Saari and Chloe Carlson projected top thirty players in MN class of 2026

  • Chloe Johnson projected #1 player in MN class of 2028

  • Tieryn Plasch Bemidji State (D2, NSIC) Commit

  • Ashlynne Guenther Bemidji State (D2, NSIC) Commit

  • Jessika Loftstrom (2024) #26 Jr. All Star Rankings

  • Ashlynne Guenther #58 Jr. All Star Rankings

  • Regan Juenemann (2025) Division 1 Offer University of North Dakota

  • Hope Carlson Division 3 offer to play at the College of St. Scholastica

  • Jaiden Haile (2025) Division 1 Offer University of North Dakota

  • Chloe Johnson (2028) Division 2 Offer University of MN-Duluth​​

  • Top 10 team in MN

  • Beat top Adidas & UA teams in circuit events

  • Asher Zubich Division 2 Offer University of MN-Duluth

  • Issac Nyakundi #22 Prep Hoops MN

  • Asher Zubich #61 Prep Hoops MN

  • Trenton Gomez #124 Prep Hoops MN

  • Jobe Juenemann #212 Prep Hoops MN

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