Mike Talbott is the official scout of High School All-Starz TV Show. He has been involved with basketball as a player, coach, or scout for most of the past 50 years. He has a keen ability to evaluate top athletic talent and it is a true passion and an “after the sweat dried” direction that takes him all over the country to some of the top U.S. basketball events, featuring the phenom athletes of tomorrow!
Mike started Star Hoopers of Tomorrow High School Basketball Scouting Service in 1992, and he continues to run that scouting service today, which has around 20 subscribing colleges each year, including some of the top basketball programs across the nation.
While an assistant basketball coach for his high school basketball and baseball coach, Lindsey Page, Mike started Star Hoopers of Tomorrow Scouting Service. Mike decided to start his scouting service when the AAU Nationals were held in nearby Winston-Salem for three years in the early 1990s.
“The Nationals were an eight-day event at the time. I went to seven of the days to the those Nationals and at the conclusion, I was exhausted. I was like, why am I doing this? The idea of starting a scouting service occurred to me at that time, so that’s what I did.” And boy has he discovered some top talent! That decision paid off and allows him to give back to the sport that he’s loved his entire life!
Mike coached high school basketball at his alma mater, Bartlett Yancey High School in Yanceyville, North Carolina from 1987-2000 where he served as the Varsity Basketball Head Coach, compiling an 80-47 win-loss record, before resigning as head coach in the year 2000, when it was becoming increasingly difficult to both coach and run the scouting service.
Mike had served in the position of Graduate Assistant in the Middle Tennessee State University basketball program, as an undergraduate. In preseason, Mike worked with the Middle Tennessee’s big men and during the season, he worked with players who chose to work on their shooting, before and or after practice. When instructed to do so, Mike also sent short letters and made telephone calls to high school coaches of players the Blue Raiders were interested in.
“While at Middle Tennessee in 1978, I was reading the BC Reports from 1976-1978, players in those reports at time included the likes of Earvin, “Magic” Johnson, Albert King and Gene Banks, as well as a point guard from Pittsburgh named John Califari and future baseball Hall Of Famer, Tony Gwynn. I still have copies of those reports.”
After graduating from Middle Tennessee, Mike eventually came back home and began coaching basketball, forming the Yanceyville Racers AAU basketball team in 1982 and coaching that team from 1982-1984 and again from 1987-1996. At that time, there were only six AAU teams in the state of North Carolina.
The Yanceyville Racers made it two national tournaments, at a time went only three teams from a state made it and got to the “Elite 8” in 1988, where they lost to a Bobby Hurley led Bew Jersey team.
So, Mike was doing double-duty as coach of the Yanceyville Racers AAU team and as assistant coach at his alma mater, until resigning to continue solely with Star Hoopers of Tomorrow.
Dr. K calls Mike a walking sports anthology and is currently working with him to co-author some sports anthologies that will be bustling with rich sports history! Check out Mike’s website: www.starhoopers.com and visit him on Twitter: @gmr_starhoopers.