Howard Garfinkel
Born(1929-08-01)August 1, 1929
DiedMay 7, 2016(2016-05-07) (aged 86)
New York City, U.S.
OccupationBasketball scout
Known forFive-Star Basketball Camp

Howard Morris Garfinkel (August 1, 1929 – May 7, 2016) was an American high school basketball scout who ran the well-known Five-Star Basketball Camp from 1966 to 2008.


Garfinkel played high school basketball at Barnard High School in The Bronx.[1] In 1965, he started High School Basketball Illustrated, a scouting service that was based on New York area players.[2] This was a major recruiting tool for 20 years, for college coaches nationwide looking for players in the city known for its basketball talent.[2] His Five-Star Basketball Camp ran from 1966 until 2008,[3] when the NCAA ended such camps.[2]

By 1980, Garfinkel's camp was considered to be the mecca of summer basketball.[4] His camps produced over 600 NBA players and 10,000 NCAA Division 1 players,[1] operating in the Pocono Mountains in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, and Virginia.[3] The camps were attended by players such as Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, LeBron James, Moses Malone, Vince Carter, Isiah Thomas, and Alonzo Mourning. Garfinkel worked with various legendary coaches such as Chuck Daly, Bobby Knight, Rick Pitino, and John Calipari.[3]

Garfinkel was the founder of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.[5] He was inducted in 2014 into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.[4] Garfinkel died in May 2016,[5] reportedly as the result of lung cancer.[1] He was posthumously inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2021.

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  1. ^ a b c Mallozzi, Vincent M. (May 9, 2016). "Howard Garfinkel, Who Discovered and Groomed Top Basketball Talent, Dies at 86". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b c "Howard Garfinkel, creator of Five Star basketball camp, dies at 86". Chicago Tribune. AP. May 7, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Founder of camp that hosted LeBron, MJ dies". May 8, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Feinstein, John (May 8, 2016). "Howard Garfinkel, 86, became a basketball fixture by refusing to be anyone else". The Washington Post.
  5. ^ a b Woo, Jeremy (May 7, 2016). "Hall of Famer Howard Garfinkel dead at 86". Sports Illustrated.