DME Academy at SJNA

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, DME at SJNA 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


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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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.


The Campus

Want to see more of St. John’s Northwestern? Take a guided tour and meet some of our incredible faculty and staff as they walk you through our beautiful campus.

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Ignite the Dream Today!