5 Star Life basketball develops both students’ athletic skills and their character.

At 5 Star Life we believe that great ball handling skills aren’t the only thing that make a great athlete. Developing the mindset of athletes is what separates 5 Star Life Basketball from everyone else.

5 Star Life basketball participants learn skills from the top coaches in Michiana area in tandem with our video curriculum that teaches leadership skills and the five values integral to living a 5 Star life:

Respect: Treating others the way you want to be treated.
Responsibility: Taking ownership of our past choices, our current reality, and our future dreams.
Integrity: Who you are when no one is looking; the real you.
Sacrifice: Giving up something now for something better later on; Giving up something I want to do to help someone else live a 5 star life.
Courage: Having the strength to do what is right, rather than what is popular or comfortable.

5 Star has merged with Midwest Basketball Academy (MBA) Select to combine two programs with the same mission into one outstanding athletic training program!

MBA Select is Michiana’s largest, most successful basketball training and travel team program. It is one of only 40 programs in the country to be a part of the invitation-only Adidas Gauntlet circuit. This gives players and teams exposure in front of college coaches, media outlets, and their peers. Teams face high-level national competition allowing players to prepare for the challenges and opportunities they will ultimately face in college.

5 Star basketball has programs for every skill level. We have clinics to help young players develop the basic skills of the game. More advanced players are invited to try out for the middle school and high school travel teams. Tryouts are held each year in August and September.


Meet Our Staff


Troy Baughman

Commissioner, 5 Star Basketball

Coach Baughman is the owner of Elkhart Sports Center and has been coaching teams and training basketball players for the past 15 years. He played High School basketball locally at Northridge High School and was a 3 Year HS starter. He received a full ride college scholarship to Tri-State University (Trine) and played college for 4 years, started for 3 1/2 years. He is a member of the 1000 pt. club, 3rd in all time in assists, defensive Player of the Year, and has coached many teams from 2nd grade to seniors in high school. Troy has trained and coached over 15 players that currently play in college and has served as the graduate assistant coach at Tri-State University.


LaPhonso Ellis

5 Star Life National Spokesperson

LaPhonso Retired NBA Player and ESPN College Basketball Analyst played high school basketball at East St. Louis Lincoln High School, where he led the Tigers to two straight Illinois Class AA boys’ championships in 1987 and 1988. In 1988, he was named a Parade All-American and McDonald’s High School All-American and in 2007 was voted one of the “100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament.” Ellis played for Notre Dame where he led in blocked shots in each of his four seasons, the only player in school history to do so. Ellis has played for the Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Miami Heat. He retired from the NBA in 2003 and currently serves as a college basketball analyst for ESPN.

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