Tag: Rockford Elite

Danny McLarty/Jason Warner Basketball Camp Re-Cap

On June 28th, 2018 Danny McLarty and Jason Warner came together to run a Big Man/Small Man Camp with Rockford Elite Basketball.

It was great adding in some speed and agility into the 2 hour camp. Here is a clip.

Ball-Handling with Coach McLarty.

As a coach, it’s always good to connect with others, meet new people and continuously learn new things. Collaborating in camps allows us to refresh drills/philosophies that we should be doing in our own practices. After working with Danny again in this camp, I always try to improve as a coach.

There’s a lot that the kids learned at camp but the major take-away as a coach was to make sure we work on explosive work when the kids are fresh and to make sure we don’t turn it into conditioning for there is a difference. Thanks Danny.

If you want to learn more about Rockford Elite Basketball, please email rockfordelite17@gmail.com or contact Jason Warner directly at 815-262-5995 or Tim Knauf at 815-914-5447

If you want to work with Danny McLarty in small groups/individual strength and/or basketball, contact him via phone or text at 925-628-0617

More Information on “Danny” can be found at his web-site for his business located on 251 heading to Roscoe (near KidSpot) click picture below

“Danny works with the best boys and girls basketball players in our region. He is an exceptional role model for kids” Coach Warner

Thanks to all the campers and we look forward to working with you again.

Coaches, this video is for you!

Coaches!!! It’s a matter of Perspective!

This is a must watch for you! While we may not relate to staying in 4-star hotels or getting to see free NBA games court-side, there are many things we can relate to.

Watch the YouTube video about Coach Pop on retirement! Enjoy if you have not seen it or share it if you have. It doesn’t get any “easier” than this!!!

Coach Pop on Retirement

The kid can play!

Traevon Brown from West Aurora can flat out play!!!

Check out this YouTube video of his younger days. Can’t wait to get some updated video of him as he travels to Pitt Jam with the Illinois Stars/Rockford Elite group. Click on the pic for the video

“It’s pretty simple, the kid can score and defend. He shoots the mess out of it and can get to the lane when he chooses. If I were a D1 assistant, I would have offered him yesterday. Oops! he’s a basketball player too”. Coach Warner – Rockford Elite Basketball


Eric Palm is a Pro!

Let’s be clear. Eric Palm is a Pro! 9 years a pro, after signing with MLP Academics Heidelberg in Germany.

I think his story is pretty outstanding considering he didn’t play Division 1 Basketball. I think nowadays everyone thinks, if I don’t play Division 1 Basketball, I didn’t “make it”. I personally think this is a misnomer that Rockford, as a basketball community needs to get over; really fast.

Did you know that in the late 1990’s, Lewis University (D2 in Romeoville, IL would scholarship an area kid each year. Ask Sammy Bacino, Rob Buss, Chris Moski and Jeremy Warner who all played the highest level of D2 basketball in the country. Did you know that there is better basketball in the GLVC than some smaller D1 leagues?

When Eric Palm was a senior in high school there was nothing short of 20-30 Division 3 schools actively recruiting him. Yes, a Professional Basketball Player was considering D3 schools out of high school! The best thing his dad (Bob) did for him was to consider all options and not exclude coaches that were interested in his son.

I think in today’s basketball environment, we have our expectations inaccurately driven into our kids. Play D1 or fail! It’s BS and selfish. In my opinion, this has soured our areas recruitment process. Don’t get me wrong, dream big because it’s certainly possible, Fred proved that.

Let’s call a spade a spade though. Rockford should be, needs to be a D3, D2 and NAIA hot bed in boys basketball.

Over the last decade, people have always compared Rockford to Peoria and have said, “Rockford needs to send kids D1 like Peoria”. My recent reply to this argument is, “we are not Peoria, but we can do a lot better and be Rockford”.

Eric Palm ended up getting a scholarship to play at McKendree University (NAIA) and played for legendary coach Harry Statham. I think it’s fair to say that Eric made the most of his opportunity at a smaller school, made the big time and was a big fish in a smaller pond.

Rockford needs to set the bar higher for our kids; no question but also needs to remember stories like Palms. Eric is a professional basketball player, got his school paid for, traveled the world, gets paid to play basketball, is one of the best basketball players to ever come out of this area and didn’t play D1 basketball.

Eric has a “motor” in basketball terminology and while much of its innate, it can be learned.

If you want your kid to have the most success in basketball, teach him to be a competitor, be a great teammate, be a worker who never quits, be coachable, be a fighter and never stop playing hard. If you can do that, you may have the next Eric Palm on your hands.

Coach Jason Warner

October 2019 UPDATE via ALEX GARY blog on the Harlem High School Web-site!  Congratulations Eric, keep it up!  #NewContract click the pi cture below
Eric Palm, 2005 Graduate of Harlem High School signs a new contract