Looking for camps your kids can get involved in this summer‭? ‬Sign them up for the Stark’s Skill Academy hosted by Jonathan Stark, a former Munford High standout basketball player who also played collegiately and professionally.  ‬

Stark graduated from Munford in 2013‭ ‬and was a basketball standout during his time there, leading the Cougars to a district title his senior year‭. ‬He played at Brighton High before transferring to Munford.

He took his talents to Tulane University before transferring to Murray State University because he felt it was a better‭ ‬place to continue his career.


“I think it was a better situation for me to transfer to Murray‭,‬”‭ ‬Stark said‭, ‬“more of a basketball community so it was the best choice for me‭.‬”‭ ‬

After his college career‭, ‬he connected with the Minnesota Timberwolves by playing summer league for them, which resulted in an offer to play for their G-League team‭. ‬

Unfortunately‭, ‬things went sideways when he tore his ACL and had to sit out to recover‭, ‬but after being out for a year he signed a contract to play overseas‭. ‬


Stark decided to start up a basketball camp because he wanted to give back to his community by teaching kids the game of basketball‭. 

“Munford is a very small town‭, ‬it doesn’t get talked about a lot and I want to be able to impact and let kids know that they can do it‭, ‬no matter what kind of situation‭ ‬you’re in‭,” Stark said. “No matter where you come from‭, ‬how small the town is‭, ‬you can do it if you just work hard‭.‬”‭ ‬

The camp will feature some pretty serious star power, including Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant, the 2020 NBA Rookie of the Year who was a teammate of Morant’s at Murray State. Cameron Reynolds‭ (‬Houston Rockets‭), ‬Shaq Buchanan‭ (‬Memphis Hustle‭) and others are also scheduled to appear.

Dates for Stark’s Skill Academy are June 9-12‭ ‬from 11‭ ‬a.m‭. ‬to 5‭ ‬p.m‭. ‬and anybody age six and up can register‭. ‬It will be held at Munford High and Munford Elementary and lunch will be provided.

Registration is available at TeamStark.org‭. ‬

David Perry
Author: David Perry