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Explore the brand new boys' and girls' basketball partnership between these two prestigious institutions, and "Ignite the Dream" today.

Pathway to the Pros

New in 2023-24, St. John's Northwestern: DME Basketball Academy is your pathway to the pros, and the 2023 NBA Draft on June 22 held in Brooklyn, New York was a seminal night for the new partnership.

With two draft picks in quick succession, and the top-five pick of Keegan Murray in 2022, the partnership announced itself as a hub for top talent, and laid a clear pathway to the highest levels of the game for the next generation of DME at SJNA student-athletes

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Brandin Podziemski

SJNA '21 | Round 1 Pick 19 | Golden State Warriors

the Murray Twins - DME '20

Keegan | 2022 Round 1 Pick 4 | Sacramento Kings

Kris | 2023 Round 1 Pick 23 | Portland Trailblazers

What is DME at SJNA?

The DME Boy's & Girl's Basketball Program is one of the most elite programs in the United States. We compete with the best programs in the country, including the likes of IMG Academy & Montverde. With a proven balance of academic and athletic success, our students are stretching their limits each and every year. With an elite facility, NBA roots, and a track record of success, we help aspiring athletes fulfill their dreams.

The Foundation for Success

Dan Panaggio

Dan Panaggio

Dan is the Co-Founder of DME Academy and head of all basketball operations. He has coached three NBA teams as well as a trio of the most prestigious NCAA Division I programs including Oklahoma, Indiana, and Marquette.

A student of the game, Dan was a standout player for a State University of New York at Brockport team to an NCAA Final Four berth as a sophomore. He is a member of their Hall of Fame and is still the leading scorer in school history.

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Ben Wisniewski

Ben Wisniewski was named the Director and Head Coach of the program in 2024. He most recently coached at Get Better Academy in the Czech Republic and was the head post grad coach at Montverde Academy, but is no stranger to Wisconsin. Having grown up in New Berlin, Wisconsin, just 20 minutes from SJNA, and playing his high school basketball at New Berlin West, Wisniewski’s local knowledge and connections make him a perfect fit for the program.

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Alex Piggott

Alex was named the Director of Post Graduate Basketball on the Delafield campus in 2024, after serving in the same role at DME Daytona campus from 2023-24. He brings a wealth of experience over the past decade, holding roles with the University of Washington, Kansas State University, and Montverde Academy where he worked alongside head coach Ben Wisniewski and the Post Grad program
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The DME Difference

Committed Coaching

With decades of NBA experience, our hand selected staff is aggregated by legendary coach Dan Panaggio. With years of professional experience our team brings out the best in student-athletes as we continually compete with the best of the best.

Elite Training

Training every day with motivated athletes prepares us for the tough competition that we face on the court. We offer advanced strength and conditioning programs, an elite sports performance facility, mental training sessions & video technology to give an edge to our aspiring student- athletes.

Mindful Methodology

We believe that a positive & nurturing environment brings out the best in all athletes. Positive words have an encouraging impact on a person's confidence and are vital for healthy development. Our mindfulness methodology is engrained in our program.

Family Oriented

We recognize the importance of a strong work-life balance. The flexibility the DME Academy provides is unmatched. We take pride in how we work with our athlete's families regarding scheduling conflicts. Our commitment to training is unwavering yet flexible.

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Make a Difference

The Joseph Bostic Memorial Scholarship Fund is a need-based financial-aid program designed to support student-athletes participating in the DME + SJNA basketball program, with the intent to elevate the program’s prominence and attract high level student-athletes who embody high standards of athletics, character, leadership, academic achievement, and leadership.

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The Campus

Established in 1884, the academy has a breathtaking campus with historical buildings throughout, featuring modern renovations, conveniently located in the thriving and charming town of Delafield, Wisconsin.

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