The Scholars Elite Youth Basketball Academy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that provides a year-round, comprehensive program for youth participants grades 4th through12th. The program focuses not only on basketball but academic achievement and support, civic engagement, financial literacy and emotional health programs to help prepare them to succeed and grow to meet their true and desired potential. The predecessor organization was originally founded in 2007 as the KSK Youth Basketball Club and achieved prominence by becoming a mainstay in the NJ community and winning national recognition with many of its middle school and younger programs.
Our mission is to help young adults and their families pursue excellence in all facets of their lives using competitive basketball as a platform. This pursuit of excellence encompasses academics, citizenship and sportsmanship.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The New Jersey Scholars Elite Basketball Academy has established a strong board of directors to provide outstanding governance and stewardship. The board has a diverse set of functional and industry skillsets but all share a passion for youth sports and making a difference in the lives of young people. They are gracious to spend their time and resources to ensure that we provide the best experience for our youth participants and their families.
Prior to New Jersey Scholars Elite's inclusion in NIKE EYB, our middle school program was a feeder for other programs and top high schools. Below is a list of some of the great players that have been a part of our program or that our staff has coached. We are continuing to build a pipeline of talent.
Nazi Reid - LSU/NBA, Luther Muhammad-Ohio State, Donovan Mitchell - Louisville/NBA, Ty Jerome - UVA/NBA, Moses Brown- UCLA/NBA, Otis Livingston - George Mason/Europe, Eric Paschall - Villanova/NBA, Rodney Miller - Miami, Shavar Newkirk - St. Joseph, Taurean Thompson - Seton Hall, Louis King - Oregon/NBA, Jahvon Quinerly - Alabama, Bryce Aiken - Harvard, Alex Imegwu - UPenn, Paul Mulcahy - Rutgers, Temple Gibbs - Notre Dame, Noah Farrakhan (HS), Nassir Barrino - San Diego, CJ Wilcher - Xavier, Niels Lane - Miami, Austin White - High Point, Elijah Everett (HS), Tarin Smith - UConn, Alonzo Frink - South Carolina, Marquis McDuffie - Wichita State, Asante Gist - Iona, Raykim Felder - South Carolina, Richie Greaves - Binghamton, Zion Bethea - HS/Hofstra, Mike Williams - Rutgers, Will Rayman - Colgate, Gebereal Baitey - Pro/Australia, and many others in Division I, II and III
NIKE EYB Grassroots Basketball
Nike Elite Youth Basketball is dedicated to developing athlete potential through superior skill instruction, honest evaluation, and unprecedented exposure. EYB programs and events encourage and challenge the nation’s youth to be positive community leaders on and off the court.
The New Jersey Scholars Elite Basketball Academy (“NJ Scholars” or “NJ Scholars Elite Basketball Club) is a member of the exclusive Nike Elite Youth Basketball grassroots program (“Nike EYB”). The Nike EYB is comprised of select amateur basketball programs from across the country. Teams receive Nike sponsorship and participate in Nike’s exclusive tournaments. These tournaments collectively represent the most prestigious amateur development and exposure circuit in the country. Players represent the top ranked amateur athletes in the country and currently 147 NBA players are EYB alumni.
The Scholars Elite's main practice facility is located about 30 minutes from NYC and 75 minutes from Philadelphia.
The Sports Academy, located at 56 East Willow Street in Millburn, NJ, is a 30,000 square foot indoor sports facility that houses three full courts, training facilities and the main office of the New Jersey Scholar Elite Basketball Academy.
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