NBA players create scholarship for local student-athletes

Denver Nuggets guard Julyan Stone

Denver Nuggets guard Julyan Stone, who graduated from Dos Pueblos High School, is offering a $2,000 scholarship for local student-athletes.

Local professional basketball players Julyan Stone, Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally have a question for area high school senior student-athletes:

How did high school athletics impact your life?

The best answer is worth a $2,000 college scholarship to the winner.


Stone, a former Dos Pueblos star who went on to a brilliant four-year college career at Texas-El Paso and now plays for the Denver Nuggets of the NBA, has created an essay contest for local senior student-athletes called the Shooting Star Student Athlete Scholarship Program.

?Julyan developed a scholarship for student athletes to help promote the importance of education and higher learning and to distinguish successful and effective leaders within his community,? said Marisa Phillips, the cousin of former UCSB star James Nunnally, who is putting on the Shooting Star Summer Basketball Camp?at Bishop Diego in July. The camp will feature Nunnally, who plays for the NBA Development League?s Bakersfield Jam, Johnson, UCSB?s all-time leading scorer who now plays for the Indiana Pacers, and Stone, UTEP?s all-time assist leader, as instructors.

All three players played four years of college basketball.

The essay can be a maximum 500 words. Applicants must be a high school senior student-athlete in any sport planning to attend a four-year university. They must fill out the online application on the camp?s web site and include a letter of recommendation from their school?s athletic director. The application deadline is June 30.

Phillips said the three players are putting up the money for the scholarship. The players will judge the essays and name a winner on July 26.