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Howard Garfinkel

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Howard Garfinkel

Howard Garfinkel, the co-founder of the legendary Five-Star Basketball Camp, died May 7, according to ESPN. He was 86.

Garfinkel created a high school basketball scouting service in 1965.  He then ran the Five-Star camp from 1966 to 2008. The summer camp in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, became the place where the best high school basketball players in the country were able to work on improving their talents.

Players who came through Five-Star include Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Isiah Thomas, and Moses Malone. The camp also had top coaches there to work with the players such as Chuck Daly, Bobby Knight, and Rick Pitino.


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Garfinkel was elected to the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.

Five-Star issued a statement Saturday: "Garf's imprint on the sport was unmistakable; from pioneering the basketball-specific specialty camp, a first among traditional sports, to innovating the scouting and evaluation process.”

Many tributes were paid to Garfinkel on social media:

Malik Allen – “R.I.P Howard Garfinkel. Garf had more confidence in me than anyone else in H.S. did. Thoughts and prayers to his family.”

Dick Vitale – “There will NEVER EVER be another GARF! RIP buddy & thnx for all the gr8 times.”

John Calipari – “A really sad day for all of basketball. Howard Garfinkel, an icon who changed the game in many ways, passed away today.”

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