About Starks Elite (AAU)

Dyami Starks

Program Director





CJ Osuchukwu

College Coordinator




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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. Take a look at the writeups, rankings and offers below:

You can also view STARKS ATHLETES for a short list of players Starks has helped play CBB.

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2021 Rosters & Accolades

13U Girls
Chloe Johnson (Lakeview)
Ava Meirotto (Marshall)
Chloe Carlson (Proctor)
Anna Saari (Marshall)
Mariah Lucero (Marshall)
Morgan Lucero (Marshall)
Cairin Berger (Esko)
Bella Baker (Marshall)
Whitney Baker (Marshall)

16U Girls
Jordan Zubich (MIB)
Tieryn Plasch (Northwestern)
Ashlynne Guenther (Duluth East)
Rachel Hagen (Duluth East)
Regan Juenemann (Marshall)
Jessika Loftstrom (Grand Rapids)
Hope Carlson (Proctor)
Leilani Fonoti (Cloquet)
Ada Skafte (Marshall)
Gabby Risley (Northwestern)

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

    • Won 25 consecutive games before their first loss​

  • Chloe Johnson #4 ranked player in the Nation (Naismith National rankings, Class of 2028)

  • Ava Meirotto projected top ten player in MN class of 2026

  • #6 in the state according to JR All Stars

  • Jordan Zubich #16 player in MN class of 2024

    • D1 offer from University of St Thomas​

    • D1 offer from North Dakota State

  • Jessika Loftstrom #26 || Ashlynne Guenther #58 (Jr All Stars)

  • Tieryn Plasch top 30 Wisconsin​​

15U Boys
Brooks Johnson (Marshall)
Nolan Nelson (Moose Lake)
Ty Nyberg (Proctor)
Aaron Bonner (Duluth East)
Brennan Meyer (Duluth East)
Adam Nuemann (Moose Lake)
Finnley Powell (Denfeld)
Cooper Salinas (MIB)

  • Finished the year above .500 despite more than half the team playing up in top bracket competition

  • All players either played varsity or are projected to play varsity in 2021-2022 despite being underclassmen

16U Boys
Isaac Nyakundi (Duluth East)
Asher Zubich (MIB)
Trenton Gomez (Two Harbors)
Cuinn Berger (Esko)
Jobe Juenemann (Duluth East)
Dillon Bement (Duluth East)
Owen Wilson (Blackduck)
Peyton Witzman (Duluth East)

  • Top 15 team in MN

  • Beat top Adidas & UA teams in circuit events

  • Issac Nyakundi #22 || Asher Zubich #61 || Trenton Gomez #124 || Jobe Juenemann #212 in MN Class 2023

17U Boys
Will Van Scoy (Duluth East)
Koy Nelson (South Shore)
Jasper Timms (Marshall)
Connor Barney (Cloquet)
Sam Wilson (Bemidji)
Gavin Luksik (Bemidji)

Khai Branham (Bemidji)
Evan Bennett (Superior)
Shane Leask (Superior)
Curran Starry (Superior)

  • Top 15 team in MN

  • Over 25 wins in top bracket tournaments

  • Every kid has an offer to play CBB (D2/D3/NAIA/JUCO)

  • Will Van Scoy #64 || Jasper #83 || Gavin #119 in MN Class of 2022

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