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Registration now open for

Rising Star 2019 camps!
See schedule below

Rising Star also announces its first
June 14-15
Melrose High School
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Rising Star welcomes Brandeis coach Jean Bain
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College Exposure Camp
Rising Star announces: COLLEGE EXPOSURE CAMP June 14-15 Melrose...
'Playing' defense
Are you 'on defense' or 'playing defense'? At...
Coaching youth basketball
Coaching the right way! In the video below, former NBA coach Stan...
Body to body
Body to body Attendees of Rising Star will often hear us encouraging...
Rising Star welcomes Brandeis coach Jean Bain

Rising Star Basketball School

welcomes Brandeis coach Jean Bain

Rising Star Basketball School is proud to welcome Brandeis University men’s basketball coach Jean Bain to the roster of coaches for this summer’s Rising Star camps.

Bain is coming off a tremendously successful first year with the Judges as he led Brandeis to the fourth ECAC crown in program history with a 72-60 victory against Rutgers-Newark in the Division III final. Brandeis won its last four games of the season and finished with an 18-11 record.

The title capped a remarkable turnaround season for the program that improved 11 victories over last year’s seven-win campaign. The 18 wins were the most for a Brandeis team since the 2011 ECAC championship squad.

The Medford native was a 1,000-point scorer with the Mustangs and is a member of the Medford High Athletics Hall of Fame.

A 2002 graduate of Northeastern University, Bain previously served as assistant and associate head coach at Columbia University where he was the program’s recruiting coordinator as well. He has also been the associate head coach at Dartmouth College, and an assistant at the University of New Hampshire and WPI.

Bain was an outstanding player on Huntington Avenue with the Huskies as he was named America East Rookie of the Year in 1999, All-America East in 2002, and served as a two-time team captain.

ABOUT RISING STAR BASKETBALL SCHOOL: The Rising Star Basketball School was founded in 1989 with the desire to create an atmosphere to teach the game properly. Unlike many camps that emphasize "just playing" or "casual instruction" Rising Star continually seeks to improve the ability level of our players by providing them with superb coaches who oversee thorough teaching and proper repetitions. The atmosphere at our camp encourages players to improve their work ethic and skills, while always fostering the importance of sportsmanship and team play.

This summer’s camps will be held at Waltham High School (June 24-27 and July 8-11), Melrose High School (July 22-25) and North Attleboro High School (July 29 to Aug. 1). Rising Star will also hold its first College Exposure Camp at Melrose High (June 14-15).

For more information on all camps, or to register, go to

by posted 05/13/2019
College Exposure Camp

Rising Star announces:
June 14-15
Melrose High School


posted 04/03/2019
'Playing' defense

Are you 'on defense' or 'playing defense'?

At RISING STAR  we talk about the importance of defensive stance and the “cable system.” Note the defensive player in an excellent stance with great balance, proper hand and foot placement and the distance he is from the offensive player, an arm’s-plus length. This spacing is critical in containing the offensive player from advancing to the basket. Players at every level have difficulty in doing this.

The importance of defense can not be understated at every level of basketball.

The positive effects of a good defensive player and team results in winning. Too often players enter their high school and even their college years unprepared, or worse not committed to being an accomplished defensive player. A great defensive player is invaluable to their team.
1. DESIRE: Much can be accomplished if you want it more than your opponent
2. STANCE: Our cable system demands a low stance with great balance and proper hand/feet position
3. VISION: Play the ball/see your man
4. POSITION: Proper spacing on the ball -- pressure the ball or be in proper help position
5. ANTICIPATION: Constant movement of the feet
6. REBOUND!: It marks the end of a successful defensive set

by Kevin O'Brien posted 12/09/2018
Coaching youth basketball

Coaching the right way!

In the video below, former NBA coach Stan Van Gundy addresses the primary problem with youth basketball today -- namely that too many coaches prioritize winning games over skill development. At Rising Star, we focus on developing players to reach their potential.

by Webmaster posted 11/26/2018
Body to body

Body to body

Attendees of Rising Star will often hear us encouraging a "body-to-body" approach to going to the basket. This applies to all one-on-one moves, including ballhandling and off the catch. You are trying to get an advantage with your first step to the hoop. In the picture above, Celtics guard Kyrie Irving demonstrates the exact way to maximize your effectiveness going to the basket.

  • Put your shoulder as close to the defender's hip as possible.
  • This puts you in a direct line to the basket.
  • By putting the defender on your side it allows for a clear window (opening) to score of draw the defense and pass to an open teammate.
  • It gives your body momentum going forward and on balance.
  • The vast majority of high school and college players avoid the contact and go around the defender. This gives the defense room to recover and eliminates any advantage of a good initial move. By going around the defender the offensive player often will be off-balance, resulting in a missed shot or layup.

by Kevin O'Brien posted 04/16/2018