Kent Culuko and IYB Basketball
IYB Basketball President Kent Culuko has over 20 years of Division I, professional playing and training experience to draw from to develop his basketball training methodologies. His camps, personal training and leagues are infused with the many years of elite training he received by some of the top coaches, including: John Calipari (NJ Nets), Don Casey (NJ Nets), Johnny Davis (Orlando Magic), Charles “Lefty” Driesell (JMU), Andy Enfield (Boston Celtics), Tim Grgurich (Phoenix Suns), Bob Hill (NBA Coach), Eddie Jordan (Washington Wizards) and Mike O’Koren (Washington Wizards).
Kent's career began at Mahwah high school where his HS coach John Carty was an instrumental part of his basketball success. He was a 4 year starter and had a storied career which he ended as the 2nd leading scorer in NJ state history with 2780 points. After receiving over 100 Division I scholarship offers, he decided on James Madison University (JMU), where he played for legendary college coach Lefty Driesell. Again a 4 year starter, Kent made his mark on the record books, becoming one of only 50 players in Division I history to hit 300 three point field goals, ending with a total of 320 and 1701 total career points.
Upon graduating from JMU, Kent’s professional career afforded him the opportunity to learn from some of the top coaches both in the United States and overseas. In the US, he tried out for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and signed a non-guaranteed contract with the NJ Nets. Overseas, Kent played professionally in Argentina, Finland, Bulgaria, and South Africa. In Germany, Kent played in the German Professional League, where he led the league in scoring with 24 points per game, going up against the likes of Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks
Culuko Basketball Training
Since starting IYB Basketball and Culuko Basketball Training in 1994, Kent Culuko has trained some of the top players in both New Jersey and the nation, many of whom have gone on to play Division I college basketball, NBA and in overseas professional leagues.
Some of his NBA clients include: Luis Flores formerly with the NBA Denver Nuggets, Francisco Garcia with the NBA Sacramento Kings, Miecek Lempke with the NBA Phoenix Suns and NY Knicks, and Darryl Watkins with the NBA San Antonio Spurs. Additionally, Kent has been instrumental in the success of the following clients who play professionally oversees: Taqaun Dean (Spain), Lukasz Orbzut (Poland), Luis Martinez (Dominican Republic), Dell Somers (Mexico). Kent is also currently working with Tavon Sledge, St. Benedicts and Kyle Anderson, Paterson Catholic who are both rated in the top 40 high school players nationally, developing their shots and getting ready to compete at the Division I level.
From kids just starting out in basketball, to athletes who want to fine tune their game and play at the professional level, Kent has committed himself to passing on his wealth of knowledge and incorporates his years of professional handling into a comprehensive program that is designed to take the athlete to the next level of their performance, and enable them to rise to new levels of excellence.
HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Kent's many accomplishments at Mahwah High School included:
- 1st Team All-County for three consecutive years
- 1st Team All-State Group II for two consecutive years
- 1st Team All-State All Groups
- 1st Team All-Century (1900-2000) for Bergen County, NJ
- McDonald's High School All-American - Honorable Mention
- #2 all time scorer in Bergen County history with 2780 pts
- 4th all time leading scorer in NJ state history
Kent's collegiate accomplishments at James Madison University included:
- Rookie of the Year (Colonial Conference)
- Top-Ten in Division I for Free-throw percentage (92.1%)
- 1st Team All-Conference
- One of only fifty Division I players of all time with 300 made 3 point field goals with a career total of 320