The Northland Youth Basketball Alliance (NYBA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing athletes of all ages and backgrounds the chance to experience top-level basketball training.  Instruction offered through the NYBA is focused on personal, social and athletic development.  Clinics, camps and community events run by the NYBA are designed to break down barriers in our community and offer every athlete, regardless of their situation, a positive basketball experience.

Dyami Starks

- Founder & Director of 

  Starks Academy

Dyami Starks 

Starks Academy Founder & Director

Starks Elite Girls Coordinator (AAU)

Dyami Starks has provided youth with basketball workouts and skills clinics for the past ten years. He has mentored youth in the United States & abroad. A Duluth East alumnus, Dyami played Division 1 basketball at Bryant University in Rhode Island, before going on to play professional basketball in Australia, Kazakhstan, Turkey & Latvia. Dyami serves as a coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx Youth Basketball Academy.


Dyami is dedicated to sharing his global experiences and basketball knowledge with youth across the Northland.  He is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment, where basketball players of all abilities have the opportunity to benefit from his expertise.

CJ Osuchukwu
Starks Elite Boys Coordinator (AAU)
College Recruitment Coordinator 


CJ is the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Duluth Marshall, where he won over 20 games and advanced to the Section Final game in his first year at the helm. He is the current coach of two Division-1 caliber players, one who recently committed to Brown University. 


A native of Washington D.C. CJ understands the importance of academics paired with athletics, and his approach to mentoring & coaching youth basketball for the past eight years has proven that. 

CJ was an academic All-American & All-Conference guard at Hibbing Community College. He went on to complete his schooling at the University of Wisconsin Superior earning his degree in Exercise Science. 


CJ has coached multiple AAU teams and trained a wide range of age groups from elementary to professional.

Northland Youth Basketball Alliance Board of Directors:

Heather Johnson

Betsy Kneepkins

William Howes

Ron Alston

LeVearne Hagen

Gary Doty

@2018 Northland Youth Basketball Alliance 


Starks Academy

All coaches affiliated wtih NYBA and Starks Academy have completed concussion training and have cleared a background study from