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Our team goal is to establish a lively and productive presence within the local Orange County community by developing and mentoring our young athlete's (Rising Stars) through adulthood with our community assistance programs, mentor programs, anti-bullying programs and also providing fun and entertainment for all ages.

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We welcome all children, regardless of race, creed or national origin.  Currently our team is NOT registered as a non-profit organization but will be fully registered in 2014. We appreciate the generous support of the parents, our communities, local merchants, and civic organizations.

You may now purchase official Novastar basketball team gear (i.e. sweats, hats, hoodies, T-shirts, backpacks, accessories, etc.).  Just click on the banner below and visit our Novastore online to get your first customized Novastar T-Shirt!



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Professional basketball has made it's way to Orange County in the form of the Novastars, an Orange County-based team playing its inaugural season in the American Basketball Association.

After starting as a Los Angeles team owner, coach and Orange County resident Al Smith relocated the Novastars to Orange County in 2012, playing home games at Saddleback College.  The team will be soon relocate to the North Orange County (Fullerton College) area to play the 2nd half of this season's games.

Article Tab: Novastars co-owners Al Smith and Glenn Wilkerson, from left, coach their semi-pro basketball team during a workout at Saddleback College recently.
Novastars co-owners Al Smith and Glenn Wilkerson, from left, coach their semi-pro basketball team during a workout at Saddleback College recently.

Novastars’ 2014 -2015 ABA Roster:

• 1 Curtis Slaughter PG, SF 6-7 Inglewood, CA

• 3 Jeremiah Ward, SG 6-1 Pomona, CA

• 5 John Leggett PG, SG 5-11 Riverside, CA

• 7 Sheldon Pace, PG 6-1 Rancho Cucamonga, CA

•10 Mithchell Barret-Burrell, F 6-5 Fullerton, CA

•12 Joseph Morgan, PF 6-7 Los Angeles, CA 

•21 Tarron Williams, PF 6-7 Pasadena, CA
•22 Antwon Tanner PG, SG 5-11 Fontana, CA

•23 Deon Marcus, F 6-8 Compton, CA

•24 Kirby Gardner, G 6-2 Inland Empire, CA

•32 Open

•33 Keith Closs, C 7-1 Pomona, CA

•42 Jamel Staten, PF 6-7 Inland Empire, CA

"Looking at the talent in Orange County, there's a lot of it here," said Smith. "They don't get the same exposure as the kids in L.A. because of the market. Our goal was to bring something professional to Orange County that gives the average athlete an opportunity here, locally."

The Novastars' inaugural season was in 2004, competing then in the Drew League – which Smith described as more of a recreational summer league for professionals to stay in playing shape. The team joined the ABA in April 2012.

According to Smith, the ABA allows his players to get more exposure from scouts, which gives them a higher chance of making the next level, whether that be the National Basketball Association or playing overseas.

"When I saw that these players were still falling short and not getting jobs (as part of the Drew League), it was my duty to try to help these guys get that exposure," Smith said of the decision to join the ABA.

A deal was struck by Smith's assistant coach, Glenn Wilkinson, and Saddleback College in which the money paid to use the facility goes directly into supporting the college's women's basketball team.

Not only that, the Novastars also work with various nonprofit organizations around Orange County, including We Rock Kids, the Bordeaux Community Center in Santa Ana and the Ronald McDonald's Foundation.

"Anything that we put out, whether it's paying for services or just helping support, we try to build and enrich the community with the funds," Smith said. "Our upcoming game on Sunday ...we'll also have a toy drive and food drive."

The Novastars' current 10-man roster consists of players from the Los Angeles area, Chicago, New York and a Capistrano Valley High graduate, Pete DeCasas.

The team plays a 24-game schedule that runs through March, with playoffs following. The Novastars are 2-5 and trying to prove themselves as the new team in town in the SoCal Division of the ABA.

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Listen to coach Al Smith on Voice's The Comeback Radio Show with Tony Farmer below and get more history and information about the Orange County Novastars!!

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Novastars ABA Tryouts on September 8, 2012

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Orange County CA – With only one game remaining in the Drew Summer League, the Orange County Novastars get a big win over Salvatori’s “No Schnacks”. The Novastars controlled the tempo and the game from bell to bell this week. They made good decisions on offense and most importantly rebounded better and stopped the dribble penetration that they had been allowing in recent weeks. The “No Schnacks” team was supper hot coming into this weeks match-up winning 5 out of their last 6 games, but the Novastars out played them in virtually every quarter.

After catching up with coach Al Smith to see what he felt about this weeks win he stated “We needed this win, not just for the possibility to make the play-offs but for our confidence in each other as a team. This week our guy’s played within their game and made the decision to play defense, together.” If the Novastars thought this weeks test would be difficult, they have a much bigger challenge next week against current back-to-back Drew League Champions, LAUNFD. With 2 former NBA journeyman Bobby Brown (Grizzlies/Kings/Hornets/Clippers) and Marcus Williams (Nets/Warriors/Grizzlies) and one of their craftiest players Scott “Big Red” Cutley they are sure to be a tough out for the, Novastars or any team in the Drew league.  LAUNFD's opponent this week (Problems) found out how tough they were after a disappointing overtime loss.  

When asking Coach Glenn Wilkerson what they have to watch for he said “This is a very crafty team, they haven’t won back-to-back championships in this league for nothing. They will lull you to sleep one moment, then explode the next.  If we stay committed to our defensive plan, then I have the confidence in our players that we can finish strong”.  

Tip-off for this week's matchup Vs. LAUNFD begins at 12:30 at the King/Drew Magnet High School in Los Angeles CA. Come out and support the Orange County Novastars in their final regular season game.  Congratulation to this weeks player of the game Chris Reaves.  For more information on the Novastars please visit our website at

Novastars vs. C.O.A. Two Heavyweights Collide!

Orange County, Ca- After a disappointing game five at the world famous Drew League Summer Pro-AM, the Novastars look to bounce back against the the 2011 finals runner-up COA.  Both teams enter the game with identical records (3-2) and are strong competitors in the PK Kennedy Division.  COA is featuring their star player Craig Smith (Clippers, Timberwolves) who had 23 points in a losing effort from game five, but shot 8/19 to lead the team in scoring.

The Novastars feel that they need to make a couple minor tweaks to the defensive strategy to stop the penetration that they suffered in last weeks loss but offensively the coaches were happy with what they accomplished.  Coach Al Smith stated, “Offensively, we are fine.  We have the players on this team that can get any shot they want, whenever they want it.  Defense is where championships in this league are won.”

With that in mind, the Novastars will enter week six playing in one of the prime-time slots (3:15) as they take on COA.  Let’s see if they can focus on making the needed stops to keep their summer on track, and contend for another Drew League championship banner.

Come check out the Novastars this Sunday at 3:15 PM at King/Drew Magnetic High School in Los Angeles.  This is sure to be an exciting game and the gym will fill up quickly so get there early to get your seat.  The address can be found on our website at


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