Summer club basketball for Nebraska high school girls, with one notable exception, didn't take off until the formation of the Nebraska Girls Basketball Association and the Pinnacle/Daubert program in 1995.
Club basketball for boys had its first success in 1981 with the Nebraska Basketball Development Association, the brainchild of Lincoln businessmen Dick Hudson and Gary Mouden. Its first team, with many of the players acclaimed as the best class to come out of Nebraska (notably Dave Hoppen, Ron Kellogg and Kerry Trotter), finished fourth in the first nationwide summer event, the Las Vegas Invitational. More programs sprang up across the state starting in the early 1990s, including the Omaha Crusaders.
The NGBA, with high school coaches Ken Cook, Larry Bleach, Jim Miller and John Larsen getting it off the ground, produced its first national tournament champion in Washington, D.C.
More summer programs for girls began soon after, including the Shooting Stars, and burgeoned in recent years.
The pioneer program for club basketball in the state was Forrest Roper's Omaha Hawkettes girls AAU team. Roper started his program in the early 1960s at the North Branch YMCA. His best-known player was Lynette Woodard, a Wichita high school standout who was captain of the 1984 gold-medal U.S. Olympic team.
— Stu Pospisil