March 23rd, 2019 is set and so is the Senior Showcase Game or should we say Game(s).  These games will highlight Rockford Area high school seniors who have exhausted their IHSA eligibility after the season concludes.  The purpose for the games is to continually improve our region’s collegiate exposure and we look forward to highlighting teams and seniors leading up to it.


While the “Senior Showcase Game” is currently a Boys only event, we are open to working with another organization to run a girls game(s) concurrently.  There is a lot that goes into games like this and certainly a lot of questions to answer to make sure it is the best in the area.

For example,

Should the games be big school vs small school?  Should the games be divided based on talent level?  Should the games be divided by conference?  Should the game be divided by the schools geography?  Should they be divided by signed or unsigned seniors?  Should they be divided by kids committed to colleges and those that are not committed to colleges?  Should the the games be divided by those pursuing basketball in college and those not pursuing basketball in college?

There’s a ton of questions to finalize but what we do know is that there are 40 boys  (2 games) in our region that will be selected to participate on March 23rd, 2019 for our Senior Showcase Game(s) and we will be able to recognize more potential Rockford Area kids.

Promoting our area seniors and recognizing our areas talent in basketball is why we do it and want to thank everyone for their early support.  We look forward to the event but we certainly look forward to the season leading up to it.

To assist us in the video promotion of our areas basketball talent, we are looking for sponsors.  If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, we would love to hear from you.

Check out the following link for more information.

Coach Warner


Rockford Elite Open Gym/Program Days

Gearing up for the 2018-2019 season is certainly fun! When you gets kids playing basketball and off Fort Nite, it’s a great thing.

Our coaches couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming season as well. We are fortunate enough to have great kids who are looking to improve. It certainly makes coaching fun. Take a second and check out the video that Eric Steiner from Harlem High School put together for us. Thanks Eric!

With fall camp and fall open gyms a huge success, we look forward to our seasons starting. If your still interested in the program for this winter, it’s NOT too late to register for “PROGRAM DAYS”. With 7 Program Days left, any boy 2nd – 8th grade can join us for development and improvement with all of our travel teams. Use the following link to register.


Contact Coach Warner with any Questions 815-262-5995 (text friendly)

Note: We still are looking for 3rd and 4th graders interested in our program

#rockfordelite #rockfordelitebasketball #illinois_stars

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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!!!






Illinois Stars/Rockford Elite finish up LIVE Periods!!!

Looking forward to watching the successes of the following 39 players that traveled with the Rockford Elite/Illinois Stars program to Chicago, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Orlando this April, May and July during live period.

The more conversations we can have about our area talent, the better!!! There is some talent below!!! Check them out!

1.Sincere Parker (Rockford East)

2.AJ Storr (Lutheran)

3.Nick Fehrle (Boylan)

4.Ethan Ackerman (Winnebago)

5.Kobe Reed (Plainfield East)

6.Josh Ausler (Auburn)

7.Marcus Hill (Rockford Christian)

8.Troy Hunter (Guilford)

9.Javin Davis (Auburn)

10.Brady Peterson (Hononegah)

11.Nolan Rundle (Winnebago)

12.Trent DeVries (Hononegah)

13.Biggie Luster (Jefferson)

14.Latrell Graham (Jefferson)

15.Garrett Burdin (Rochelle)

16.Jarrett Lutzow (Hononegah)

17.Tyler Yaun (Hononegah)

18.Trenton Kyler (Dekalb)

19.Johnny Ice (Dekalb)

20.Brenden Moss (Jefferson)

21.Jack Ivanic (Guilford)

22.Caymen Woods (Waubonsie)

23.Dre Thompson (East)

24.Caleb Donaldson (Bloomington)

25.Jordan Williams (Dekalb)

26.Nick Pierson (Hononegah)

27.Marquis Ratcliff (Bolingbrook)

28.Brown (W Aurora)

29.Chris Burnell (Rockford East)

30.Will Engels (Benet)

31.Sha Den Clanton (Rockford East)

32.Shane O’Mara (Benet)

33.Ethan Helwig (Metea)

34.Beau Bailey (Dixon)

35.Dylan Garrington (Georgia)

36.Cleshon Phipps (Jefferson) injured

37.Anthony Brown (Boylan) injured

38.Cameron McDowell (Georgia)

39.Jacob Gaither (Dixon)

Contact Coach Warner if you would like to learn more about playing or coaching.

Warner 815.262.5995

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

Illinois Stars 17U take first in Under Armour Pool!

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Illinois Stars 17U Take first Place in their Pool competing against 2 UAA Circuit teams and beating “TJ Ford” team out of Texas.

Making the top 32 teams in the “UAA Challenge” is quite the achievement.  They play another UAA circuit team Friday when they square off against Texas Hardwork featuring players like Michah Peavy below!

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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!

20' Sincere Parker - East - Rockford
Current Team
Class of 2020

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.