Category: Rockford Elite Program News

Senior Showcase Game

The inaugural Senior Showcase Game was pretty great! Bringing together nearly 40 high school seniors to play in an all-area game along with a NIC-10 game in front of nearly 20 college coaches is what it is all about. We look forward to finalizing the Game Highlights soon. In the meantime, here are BOTH games in their entirety. Share them up with family, friends and coaches.

Here is the full game for the All-Area Game on YouTube.

Here is the full game for the NIC-10 Game on YouTube.

While most of the eyes were on the players, there were local sports trainers like Gene Houston who kept complimenting the cameraman of the night. Check out the following pictures of young entrepreneurs Eric Steiner, Tamir Bell, Bailey Fisher and Jordan Alms set up and host an interview with former Indiana University, Milwaukee Buck and New York Knick Rod Wilmont after his coaches clinic.

Personally, watching these guys set up their mock interview room with tables and utilizing flipped over garage cans to balance their cameras 🎥 had to be the coolest thing that I saw all night. I couldn’t stop watching these young kids.

Thanks to all that participated, we can’t wait for the game highlights, interviews and seeing what these young bucks put together in the upcoming days.

Coach Jason Warner

Illinois Stars on The Rise!

Congrats to our friends from the Illinois Stars for being invited to participate in the UA Rise 15U-17U Boys division. The other program from Illinois participating in the UA Rise 15U-17U boys division is Fundamental U from Chicago.

The unique opportunity about the UA Rise is that the Illinois Stars have the opportunity to play under the same roof as Association teams and have crossover games against them as well.

The only team to represent the Under Armour association from the state of Illinois are the Illinois Wolves.

Congrats again, what a great opportunity.

Coach Jason Warner

Harlem High Boys Basketball Spotlight!!! 2018-2019

The 2018-2019 Harlem Huskies are going to be right in the mix this year for the best in the NIC-10. With a solid group of college recruits Harlem is surely going to be fun to watch.  With one of the best shooting trios in the area, college coaches are sure to check them out.  Enjoy watching the spotlight video, compliments of Rockford Elite Basketball.

 

#EliteCollegeExposure

Did you know Rockford Elite Basketballs initial group of players will be seniors in high school during the 2018-2019 school year?  Over the last few years those players traveled the country including stops in Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Orlando, Indianapolis, Washington and played in high major tournaments in front of 100’s of college coaches.  We look forward to announcing scholarship offers and college opportunities received in the near future.

After partnering with the Illinois Stars out of Naperville and working to partner with a 3rd organization starting as early as the spring of 2019, we look forward to creating continued opportunities for our student-athletes at the regional and national level.  Below is video from our Elite College Exposure camp which was a success and we look forward to working with our student-athletes in the coming months and years to help them get into college.  #recruitrockford

2018 Elite College Exposure Camp Part 1 WBHC

For years, the Rockford Area has been under-recruited and we are continually working to improve that.  Understanding the process earlier will certainly help.  Kids!!! Get your grades and remember to send us you player profiles.  We look forward to finalizing them as the 2018-2019 school year approaches.

2018 Elite College Exposure Camp Part 2 WBHC

 

Don’t forget to get your free player profile here!  Click the image below to set up your free profile.  Remember to include your twitter handle so your page will be dynamic and always updating!!!

Beau-Bailey

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When John Beilein sits over your right shoulder…

The New York RENS (NY Renaissance) have kids offered by Duke, UCLA, Wisconsin, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc etc. etc. etc. etc. Being considered the best travel team in the state of New York, it would probably be understood that there was not a person in the gym that thought Illinois Stars Coach Knauf 17U team had a snowball chance in hell to pull this one off.

Soon, Coach Knauf’s team was up 19 points at half against high schoolers who had NBA bodies and were fully funded by NIKE. There had to be 350 fans, teams and spectators along with 50 college coaches who witnessed it. I’ve never seen anything like it!!!

While this April, May and July the Illinois Stars program continues to play, compete and beat UA Circuit teams, Adidas Silver/Gold teams and NIKE EYBL teams, this one had to be the biggest.

When John Beilein (Michigan) is sitting over your right shoulder, you knock off an EYBL team and your son (Jack Ivanic) gets recruited by D1 Cal Poly after the game, it’s a good day.

Jack Ivanic (Rockford Guilford) led the team with 22 points, Sincere Parker (Rockford East) 14 pts Caleb Donaldson (Bloomington) 13 pts, Beau Bailey (Dixon) 13 pts and Caymen Woods led area players in scoring.

Wait, wait, wait!!! Andre Thompson (Rockford East) had 4 points but continues to be the X factor in every game, works tirelessly to defend the other teams best player and will continuously be the energizer bunny, the Dennis Rodman or the glue guy who just makes everything work.  Hey Dre, I didn’t forget about ya. You earned it!!! Small colleges can’t sleep on this kid.

Coach Warner

Rockford Elite/Illinois Stars

Sincerely Special!!!

Raymond Parker was a stand-out player at East High School back in the day but now it’s his sons turn.

I think the 2018-2019 basketball season is going to bring the Nic-10 some parity. While Rockford East is talented, there are several other teams that have a shot at the crown as well.

As each team has a couple stand-out players there’s only a few players that everyone in the conference will remember. While I am firm believer that no individual is bigger than the team, it’s also fun to give credit where credit is due and write player profiles.

Sincere Parker has already drew the attention of D1 schools this April/May and with a solid July with the Illinois Stars, I only anticipate more to follow. Sincere can score, Sincere can shoot it and Sincere is going to be one of the better dunkers in our area.

As I find myself back in the basketball mix, I find myself realizing that the NIC-10 has several pieces that can help break the recruitment stigma Rockford basketball carries with them. While I look forward to continually covering more teams and players in our area, I am pleased to get to know Sincere and help him reach his goals. If you don’t know Sincere Parker’s name, you soon will.

Raymond, a couple weeks ago I asked Sincere if he has beaten his old man yet. Sincere smiled and said “no”. While my typical advise to parents is, keep your kid humble, keep them reaching for the stars, keep them working to improve themselves everyday, my advise to you Raymond, is different. Here it is, “Do not play Sincere in 1 on 1 ever again”. Take a page out of the Jason Warner playbook because the last time Jason, Jeremy and Scott played 1 on 1, I won and I will NEVER play them again.

Coach Jason Warner

8 second video from Practice Tonight!

Name
20' Sincere Parker - East - Rockford
Position
Guard
Height
6'3"
Weight
181
Current Team
Class of 2020
Seasons
2018

High School Program: Rockford East
Travel Program: Rockford Elite/Illinois Stars

Freshman Clips from High School

Sincere is a soft spoken scorer. The game comes easy to Sincere and as he continues to focus on improving his body, you will start seeing his upside kick in. Sincere is special in the fact that he can really shoot it and finish above the rim.