Category: Rockford Elite Program News

Basketball is Back at the BMO!

Basketball is Back at the BMO and Rockford Elite Basketball is excited to be part of it!

The G-League Affiliates of the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves will premier the brand new Fred VanVleet Court.

FVV Court

When:  Fri, Nov 1, 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Where:  BMO Harris Bank Center 300 Elm Street Rockford, Illinois 61101

On November 1st, 2019, 4 Rockford Elite teams have partnered with the Windy City Bulls and the BMO to participate at half-time during each double-header.  Below is the information needed to order tickets along with a player schedule information

The preseason double header will tip-off with the Windy City Bulls vs. Iowa Wolves at 5pm.

Windy City Bulls Web-Site

Coach Danial Petrie (5th Grade) and Coach Billy Lewis (6th Grade) will combine to play approximately a 10 minute scrimmage game during half-time of the 1st game of the double-header.   Players please be ready as members from the Windy City Bulls will be looking out for you prior to half-time.  Both teams will need to come down to the court with 10:00 minutes left in the second quarter.   PLAYER/COACHES tickets will be picked up by Coach Warner and distributed to coach Petrie and coach Billy Lewis the week of the game.

The second game will feature Sioux Falls Skyforce (Miami Heat Affiliate) vs. the Wisconsin Herd (Milwaukee Bucks Affiliate), game will start at 7pm.

Wisconsin Herd Web-Site
SkyForce Web-Site

Coach Jason Warner, Coach Ryan Frederick, Coach Casey Kilduff and Coach Sam Chones 8th Grade groups will combine to play approximately a 10 minute scrimmage during half-time of the 2nd game of the double-header.  Players please be ready as members from the Windy City Bulls will be looking out for you prior to half-time.  Both teams will need to come down to the court with 10:00 minutes left in the second quarter.  PLAYER/COACHES tickets will be picked up by Coach Warner and distributed to coach Petrie and coach Billy Lewis the week of the game.

Family and Friends tickets:  You can purchase your tickets on-online at the link below.  If you elect to sit together and want your $5.00 off/ticket discount you will need to call the box office and mention “Rockford Elite”

DETAILS for Box Office Tickets:  See Below

We will provide the players with free tickets for the event but realize parents will want to sit near each other and near their children.  Our box office manager, Ulises Picon, will facilitate this and discuss specifics about seating. His direct line is 815-489-8226 and email is

To buy tickets on-line (no discount) you can click on the link below.

Click Here to Buy Tickets ON-LINE

Basketball is Back at the BMO!


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.



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!!!






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