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.


Just Solve the Problem!

I get it!

Playing Division One (D1) basketball is the signature level for defining a player’s success.  According to the NCAA web-site only 1% of high school participants will play D1 basketball (see chart below).  Historically speaking, we have tagged our region as not successfully moving kids to the D1 level however it appears that statistically we are probably in the ball park and not that far off.

While I have previously written about how the Rockford region is a small college hot-bed in my blog ERIC PALM IS A PRO!, I also believe there are a few things we need to do to increase our kids’ chances of playing D1 basketball.  First and foremost, we need to help educate our student-athletes and parents about what it takes in the classroom to achieve their dreams of playing D1 basketball.  The best and easiest way to start the education process is for student athletes and their parents to understand the NCAA web-site inside and out.  This link (click here) provides a pretty simple outline for minimum requirements for eligibility.

While meeting NCAA standards should be a given, unfortunately it’s not and we need to change the culture of preparedness with kids at younger ages.

It’s pretty clear to me that the Rockford region is on the cusp of improving it’s basketball recruiting culture but after jumping back into the competitive high school game for a couple years, I am reminded of the fact that our kids need to take ownership of their grades.

Here is a list of a few simple concepts to understand and improve on…

  1.  Get a 4.0 or higher your freshman year.  OK, fine…maybe a 4.0 isn’t for everybody, but it is certainly easier to move your GPA your Freshman and Sophomore year than it is your Junior or Senior year.  Too many of our kids do not take high school seriously their freshman year and are climbing out of a hole when opportunities present themselves.
  2. Understand what CORE classes are!!  In laymen’s terms, D1 schools do not look at your PE class and your Foods class, they look at Math and English.  See link here to understanding CORE classes per the NCAA.
  3. Understand what your CORE GPA is!!!  A cumulative GPA is NOT the same as your cumulative CORE GPA.
  4. Hop on KHAN ACADEMY and practice the ACT and SAT practice tests!!!   Khan Academy is FREE and available to anyone.  This is funded by people like Bill and Melinda Gates and is a great resource to improve test scores at earlier ages.
  5.  Self-Educate yourself to meet and exceed these eligibility standards!  We need to understand what makes our kids eligible in high school doesn’t necessarily qualify them for college and that each school varies.
  6. Be an active participant in your own rescue!!!  Eligibility ultimately falls on the shoulders of our student-athletes but we as a community need to do a better job and make sure that our kids are meeting and exceeding eligibility standards.  Do not wait on your counselor, coach, teacher or administration to do this for you.  Once again, this ultimately falls on the student-athlete. Our student-athletes need to understand how to ask others for help/resources that are out there…but don’t wait on others, solve your own problems.

To be a hot-bed in basketball, we need to improve our culture and improve our kids’ grades/test-scores.  To be clear, here is what I have first-hand knowledge of when it comes to our region’s recruiting classes.  We have 8 boys basketball players that are currently working to improve their grades and/or test-scores to receive scholarships from varying colleges.  Among the 8 players, we have 17 schools that are either waiting on our kids to improve their test-scores or have completely passed on offering these players full scholarships due to their test scores not meeting eligibility standards.  To be clear, this is not what a hot-bed looks like, but when I say that we are on the cusp of becoming a hot-bed in boys basketball it couldn’t be more accurate.  I look forward to helping improve our recruiting culture.  Unfortunately, this is our region today but together we can change it.

Coach Jason Warner

Rockford Elite Basketball is currently working to build an educational component to our program which will focus on college preparation.




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.  www.seniorshowcasegame.com

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