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“Right now, I think we’re putting too much pressure on these kids too early, and they’re not learning proper technique of how to shoot the ball, or proper technique of spacing,”.   “It winds up eating away at their confidence. As teachers, we need to have patience to teach things piece by piece by piece. Over time, they’ll develop as basketball players, but you can’t just rush it all at once.”
 
Kobe Bryant

The MSU Skyliners were created in 1995 by Arthur Pierson as a non for profit 501c3 program. Coach Pierson decided to bring the Skyliners to  life as an outlet for Plainfield, New Jersey,  and surrounding area youth as a vehicle to gain student-athletes attention to urban issues as well as to continue to learn the game of basketball.  Over the years, The Skyliners have grown to include at most points over 8 teams a year.  The (M)iddlesex (S)omerset (U)nion Skyliners have expanded to include kids from all over New Jersey and even Pennsylvania at times.  We are and will continue to be a developmental program.  If you are looking to win a national title, then we are probably not the program for you.  Skill development, in-game experience, and life lessons are at the top of our list.  We stress education and family values more than basketball wins and losses.  Our kids are mentored to want what's best out of life and to work hard to achieve it.  Our program has an educational tutor that secures a classroom twice a week for those that need assistance, and all of the coaches phone numbers are available to them if they need to talk.  Last but not least, our Motto since 1995 and continues to this day is...

"We are not trying to make money out of you"

"We are trying to make a Player and model citizen out of you!" 

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Hotel link for Albany, NY
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Hotel link for Manheim, PA
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Where does the money go?

MSU Registration fee's go directly to tournament cost, uniforms, equipment, gym time, insurance and games.  

When Does the Schedule come out?

Tournament schedules come out the Wednesday or Thursday before it begins and its subject to change

MSU 9U
GOAT XPERIENCE TEAM

ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE



BBALL SHOOTOUT March 25th

BBALL SHOOTOUT April 15-16th

DOVER NJ, April 23rd

BBALL SHOOTOUT May 20-21st


BBall SHOOTOUT June 4th

FCP Hoops June 10th



 

MSU 10u
COACH PERNELL

ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE




HOOP GROUP April 22-23rd

BBALL SHOOOUT April 29-30th

FCP May 13-14th

FCP June 3rd/4th

A GAME SUMMER MADNESS (NJ) June 17-18th

A GAME (Manheim PA) June 24-25th



 

12U SKYLINERS (PARKER)
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE


FCP HOOPS April 1-2nd


BBALL SHOOTOUT April 8th 2023


BBall Shootout 5/6/23

FCP HOOPS  5/13/23

TBA June 3rd
OR
FCP HOOPS June 10th

FCP OR BBALL SHOOTOUT June 17th-18th 

BBALL SHOOTOUT June 24-25th 


FCP HOOPS July 1st

FCP HOOPS July 15th 


 

11U SKYLINERS (HUNT)
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE


FCP HOOPS April 1st

BBALL SHOOTOUT April 8th 2023

BBALL SHOOTOUT 4/22/23

BBALL SHOOTOUT 4/29/23

MONROE SPORTS CENTER May 13th

FCP (Mountainside NJ) May 27th

BBall SHOOTOUT June 3rd

FCP HOOPS June 10th

FCP OR BBALL SHOOTOUT June 17th

FCP Hillsborough NJ June 24th

MIDDLE SCHOOL BLACK
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE
(Coach Johnson and Vaughn)


FCP HOOPS April 1st

BBALL SHOOTOUT (North Jersey) April 8th 2023

BBALL SHOTOUT (North Jersey) April 22nd-23rd

TBA May 13th-14th

GYM RAT CHALLENGE (Albany NY) May 27-28th 


FCP HOOPS (Central Jersey) June 10th

FCP OR BBALL SHOOTOUT (NJ) June 17th-18th 

AGAME (Manheim PA) June 24-25th 

MIDDLE SCHOOL RED
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE
(Johnson and Vaughn)


FCP HOOPS (Central NJ)April 1st

HOOP GROUP (Neptune NJ) April 15-16th

TBA April 29-30th

ZERO GRAVITY or HOOP GROUP May 20-21st

GYM RAT CHALLENGE (Albany NY) May 27-28th 

ADIDAS (Manalapan NJ) June 3-4th

FCP HOOPS June 10th

AGAME (Manheim PA) June 24-25th 

14U TIGERS (SOUTH PLFD)
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE

FCP HOOPS April 1st

FCP Rumble at Iron Peak April 15-16th


TBA April 29th-30th

TBA May 13th

GYM RAT CHALLENGE (Albany) May 27-28th 


FCP HOOPS June 10th

FCP OR BBALL SHOOTOUT June 17th-18th 

AGAME (Manheim PA) June 24-25th 

14U MSU PANTHERS(RAHWAY)
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE


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HOOP GROUP April 15-16th

ADIDAS (King of Prussia) April 29-30th

TBA May 13-14th

ZERO GRAVITY or HOOP GROUP May 20-21st

GYM RAT CHALLENGE (Albany) May 27-28th 

ADIDAS (Manalapan NJ) June 3-4th

FCP HOOPS June 10th

AGAME (Manheim PA) June 24-25th 

14U MSU SKYLINERS (PERNELL)
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE


NJ BULLDOGS EVENT (NJ) March 18-19th

AGAME SHOOTOUT (MANHEIM PA) March 24-25th

BBALL SHOOTOUT (NJ) (9th Grade) April 15th

HOOP GROUP (NJ) April 22-23rd

MONROE SPORTS CENTER (9th GRADE) May 13th


GYM RAT CHALLENGE (Albany) May 27-28th 


AGAME SUMMER MADNESS (NJ) June 17-18th

EAST COAST NATIONALS (Agame)(Manheim PA) June 24-25th 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE

FCP HOOPS April 2nd

Team Miller (Eliz NJ) April 16th 

Team Miller (Eliz NJ) May 7th

Coaches Choice (Holmedel NJ) May 13th


HOOP GROUP PA JAMFEST (East Stroudsburg PA) June 2-4th


Gym Rat Challenge (Albany NY) June 10th-11th


AGAME (Manheim PA) June 24-25th 

FCP July 8th 

HOOP GROUP (Atlantic City NJ) July 21-24th (TBA)

MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE

FCP HOOPS April 2nd

Team Miller (Eliz NJ) April 16th 

Team Miller (Eliz NJ) May 7th

Coaches Choice (Holmedel NJ) May 13th


HOOP GROUP PA JAMFEST (East Stroudsburg PA) June 2-4th


Gym Rat Challenge (Albany NY) June 10th-11th


AGAME (Manheim PA) June 24-25th 

FCP July 8th 

16U DIFFERENT BREED
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE


BBALL SHOOTOUT (NJ) April 15-16th

HOOP GROUP (Neptune NJ) April 22nd-23rd

I NEED THAT THRONE May 5th

FCP HOOPS May 20-21st

GYM RAT CHALLENGE (Albany NY) May 27-28th 

(JUNE BREAK FOR HS TEAM FUNCTIONS)

Hoop Group Summer Warm Up (East Stroudsburg PA) July 1-2

HOOP GROUP (Atlantic City) July
5-7th

Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest (Manheim PA) July 8-9th

Big Foot Hoops (Kissimmee, FL) July 13-16th

15U DIFFERENT BREED
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE


BBALL SHOOTOUT (NJ) April 15-16th

HOOP GROUP (Neptune NJ) April 22nd-23rd

I NEED THAT THRONE May 5th

FCP HOOPS May 20-21st

GYM RAT CHALLENGE (Albany NY) May 27-28th 

(JUNE BREAK FOR HS TEAM FUNCTIONS)

Hoop Group Summer Warm Up (East Stroudsburg PA) July 1-2

HOOP GROUP (Atlantic City) July
5-7th

Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest (Manheim PA) July 8-9th

Big Foot Hoops (Kissimmee, FL) July 13-16th

17U SKYLINERS (MOGI)
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE

FCP HOOPS (NJ) April 1st

BBALL SHOOTOUT (NJ) April 15-16th

HOOP GROUP (Neptune NJ) April 22nd-23rd

I NEED THAT THRONE May 5th

HOOP GROUP (Neptune NJ) May 20-21st

Citizens Going Fwd (Elizabeth NJ)June 3rd 

(JUNE BREAK FOR HS TEAM FUNCTIONS)

FCP in NJ July 1-2

HOOP GROUP (Atlantic City) July
5-7th

Summer Jam Fest (Manheim PA) July 8-9th


 

17U TIGERS
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE

FCP HOOPS (NJ) April 1st


FCP Rumble at Iron Peak April 15-16th

BballShootout April 29th-30th

I NEED THAT THRONE May 5th(TBA)

1 DAY EVENT (BBallShootout NJ) May 13th

HOOP GROUP (Neptune NJ) May 20-21st

FCP June 3-4th 


FCP HOOPS June 10th









 

ALL HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS MUST REGISTER HERE TO BE INCLUDED ON THE ROSTERS FOR LIVE EVENTS!!!!

The following players played at least 2 tournaments with the MSU Skyliners during their AAU days
 
JR SMITH  NBA
KYLE ANDERSON NBA
ERIC WILKINS U MIAMI
JAY WILLIAMS NBA.
JERRELL THOMPSON SACRED HEART
ANTHONY NELSON NIAGARA
STERLING GIBBS SETON HALL
PRESTON BEVERLEY VMI
MYLES DAVIS XAVIER
JAVON JACKSON CAMPBELLSVILE UNIVERSITY
JAHMAL LANE CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY
DIIJON ALLEN JORDAN CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY
SEKOU HARRIS  FDU/CAMPBESVILLE UNIVERSITY
QUINTIN DECOSEY  TEMPLE
MICHAEL GORDON BINGHAMPTON
ANDREW FEELEY UMBC
CHASE PLUMBER UMBC
ANDRE DABNEY BLOOMFIELD COLLEGE
GRIFFIN ROONEY LEHIGH (FOOTBALL)
BYRON SHIPMAN HOLY CROSS (FOOTBALL)
RYAN SZATKOWSKI Elizabethtown college
JELANI MASON MERRIMACK(FOOTBALL)
ANTHONY GOFFE UTICA (FOOTBALL)
JORDAN DERKACK MERRIMACK

Elite Team
MSU Skyliners teams that will compete at the highest possible level, recruit talented players and the goal every year is to Play in only the best events near and far.  They will practice two days per week and play in between 8-10 tournaments plus a national tournament (if the team/coach chooses to travel) All Elite rosters will be finalized before the Red rosters will be made.  The cost of this program is the same as the Red team plus an additional $50.00 per player. 

Red Team
The Red Team is the most competitive team at each age level. (unless an elite team exists)  Red teams will be playing in each tournament to win.  It is necessary for players who play on the Gold Team to be highly committed.  Teams will practice twice a week and practice participation will be expected (policy will vary depending on coach).   Red teams are for developed players that are very serious and committed. All Red team coaches will have a previous coaching background. If a Red Team qualifies for Nationals the team will have a meeting with parents to determine appropriate travel plans for Nationals. The goal of the Red team is to achieve Elite status.

 

Black Team

The Black Team is a competitive AAU team. Black Teams will find a balance between being extremely competitive in tournaments and developing players through practice and game play. Black Teams will typically travel somewhat locally to off site tournaments (travel will vary depending on coach). Teams will practice twice a week and practice participation will be expected. If a Black Team qualifies for Nationals the team will have a meeting with parents to determine appropriate travel plans for Nationals.

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