Remembering Garf: Jim Boeheim, Jay Wright, Coach K and more honor the legendary Howard Garfinkel

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Top NCAA coaches Jim Boeheim, Jay Wright, Chris Collins, Patrick Ewing, Coach K and more honor the legendary Howard Garfinkel, detailing the importance of his Five-Star Basketball Camp in terms of cultivating elite players and generally elevating the sport of basketball.

- this honor more than Howard Garfinkel. He helped make the game. He helped high school players, and not just the great players. He helped every player. Little guys. Guys that were just average players. He helped them get scholarships because they were at his camp. And he helped coaches get jobs.

Guys that became great coaches, Hall of Fame coaches, started with Howard Garfinkel at Five Star Basketball Camp. A lot of coaches and a lot of players owe a big debt to Howard Garfinkel, and this game is a great tribute to him.

- Garf identified a lot of great players, identified a lot of great coaches, and then put them together. He also started, really, what became AIU basketball. He was putting together All-Star teams in New York City of great high school players that would never play together if he hadn't brought them together-- before anybody was doing that. So you can look at AU basketball, grass roots basketball, camps, coaching, and recruiting, and Garf was a pioneer in all of those areas.

- He was the Pied Piper. I'll never forget going, as a little kid when my dad played the NBA, my dad was a guest speaker. It was my first time going to Five Star. And the presence that Garf had with all those campers, with all those coaches-- and it kind of started a lifelong friendship. And he's meant a lot to so many guys.

He loved the Game he loved watching his guys become great coaches. He loved watching the kids that he was able to have in his camp become great players.

- Yeah, I think Garf is going to go down as a central figure in the development of young guys and players. And it certainly meant a lot to me to get a chance to go to that camp, and work on my game, and be exposed to some of the best coaches in the country that worked the Five Star Camp. You really made a name for yourself at a camp like Five Star. That was the grassroots when I was growing up.

- He didn't have a position. He wasn't a coach, a player, an assistant, an AD, a commissioner-- he was Garf. He ran the best summer camp ever. And what he did was, he connected players to schools and coaches to schools, players to coaches and coaches and players.

- It was my introduction to the national landscape. The talent at Five Star that year, like most every year, was the best players in the country. To be on the floor with those guys, and measure up, and see where you stood. On a given day you felt exposed, on a given day you felt eagle-armed. But it opened your eyes to what's really out there.

- I thought was a pretty good player. And I had one form letter from Drexel. I go to Five Star Camp one week ago in Helmsdale. I had 35 scholarship offers in one week. That typifies the magnitude of how Howard Garfinkel was able to bring good players from different areas of the country to one location, brink the college coaches to that location, and challenge us, in stations, in games-- we were taught the game at a completely different level. And I that's what I always appreciated as well.

Howard Garfinkel was as instrumental in developing college basketball, maybe, as any one person. When you consider the five star basketball camp, and the Five Star basketball family, they encompass the greatest coaches in our game. During the time of his basketball camp, the way it was run is something I don't think we'll ever see again. A lot of people, players, developed, learned to love the game, learned the game, grow as people, teachers, coaches, players, and it all stemmed from his incredible passion, and great mind, and love for the game of basketball.

- Garf used to always-- you know he always brings everybody around. In the afternoon, he would bring us around in that gym. And he'd always take a half court shot. And he would always do this for he takes the shot, you know, get his fingers warmed up.