Mike Murphy has had a storied basketball career, both as a player and as a coach. As a high school basketball player at Crockett High School in Austin, he was twice named district player of the year. He averaged 26.5 points and 12 rebounds a game as a senior. Not surprisingly, the University of Texas came calling with a scholarship offer. Murphy lettered at Texas from 1975-78. He was a key member of the 1977-78 team, coached by Abe Lemons, which went 26-5 and beat North Carolina State to win the NIT Tournament in New York City.
Murphy’s high school coaching career was just as successful. He compiled a 509-341 record, while coaching Florence, Travis, and Pflugerville High Schools. In 2010, he retired and began coaching select basketball teams. More than a dozen of his high school and select players have gone on to play college basketball.
DeJuan “Chico” Vazquez
Chico Vazquez has had a lifelong passion for basketball. In the mid-1990s, he starred at Reagan High School (Austin), where he averaged 18 points and nine rebounds a game, while leading his prep team deep in the playoffs. He then bridged the eras of coaches Tom Penders and Rick Barnes at the University of Texas from 1995-96 to 1998-99, where he played a vital role in helping three of those four teams reach the NCAA Tournament. Vazquez, who holds a degree from UT in kinesiology, physical culture and sports, has been active in the Central Texas basketball community, coaching several youth teams over the last five years.
The founder of Capitol City Youth Association and longtime coach of CCYA’s top teams, Elvin Shead has been a guiding force in the lives of hundreds of young men. He got his start in basketball, and football, at A.S. Johnston High School (Austin) in the late 1980s. Shead continued to play both sports, while serving in the military. He moved back to Austin in the early 1990s. When he’s not on the job as a maintenance supervisor for the Manor Independent School District, Shead is continuing his passionate work with kids, helping them to not only become great basketball players but honorable young men.
Marquette Wilkins was born and raised in Austin. He attended John B. Connally High School where he started four years on the varsity team. Wilkins received a basketball scholarship from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. His accomplishments on the court are etched in the school’s history books. More importantly though, he earned his degree from Midwestern State in business computer information systems. When not coaching young men on the basketball court, he is the director of business development at Five Star Wealth Management LLC.
Through the years, Sean Hardeman has built a national reputation for training the most elite athletes in the sport of basketball. Whether he is flying out to Duke University, where he has been invited the last two years to work at “Lucas Lab” with one of the game’s most prominent skills developer, John Lucas, or hosting families and teams traveling half-way across the country to work with him at his North Austin facility, Hardeman is in demand.
His company, Ball-Hard Player Development Systems, is home to more than 100 Central Texas players, who have obtained scholarships at universities across the country, including but not limited to, Indiana, Colorado, Texas, Tulsa, Northeastern, Duke, Texas Tech, Princeton, Columbia, Cal Poly, West Virginia, and Utah. These players return to work with him at every opportunity, looking for the edge that only he and his trainers can provide.
Most of his clients, like the players representing Urban ASAK Elite, train at his Ball-Hard facility. The facility is the product of a lifelong dream for the Texas native. Hardeman is fond of saying, “All you need to bring is the heart, intensity, and work ethic of a champion and we will take care of the rest.”
Richmond McIver Jr.
Specializing in player development and team preparation, Richmond McIver is a certified health and fitness trainer with more than 10 years of experience. After a successful playing career at the University of Texas, McIver played six years of basketball professionally in Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States. He was also assistant basketball coach at St. Stephens Episcopal School, a perennial state-ranked powerhouse, from 2004 to 2015.