Illinois Elite Basketball Club: Welcome

HOME OF THE ILLINOIS AAU STATE CHAMPIONS

2011 ~ 2012 ~ 2013 ~ 2014

AND

2013 AAU NATIONALS 17U DIVISION ONE RUNNER UP  

 2014 AAU 13U DIVISION FIFTH PLACE

ORLANDO, FLORIDA 

 

ILLINOIS ELITE Basketball Club is an AAU basketball program for young ladies who aspire to play basketball on the collegiate level. ILLINOIS ELITE prides itself on its highly qualified coaching staff which includes former WNBA players and many former All-American collegiate players.

 

Coach Tom Hohenadel is our ILLINOIS ELITE founder and head coach. He has coached our 17U National team to over 950 wins and three national championships, in fifteen plus years of coaching. Tom recruits only the finest players in the midwest to join our elite teams. His list of Division I and Division II players who have received college scholarships to play basketball is quite impressive.

  

Coach Kimrossi Taylor is our ball handling and shooting coach and is recommended by the WNBA if someone inquires who is the best ball handling coach in Illinois. His experience includes coaching at Bolingbrook High School and creating the Kimrossi Taylor basketball camp.  Coach Taylor also trains many WNBA as well as NBA players.  He currently works with many professional players including Patrick Beverly of the Houston Rockets.   He has been the Head Coach of the Windy City Blazers NBA Developmental Team.   Coach Taylor has been largely instrumental in the ballhandling development of countless division-one players through his coaching with ILLINOIS ELITE.

 

Coach Nikki Muffoletto Silmon trains our post players as well as helps coach with our National and Eighth Grade Gold Team.  Nikki played division-one basketball at the University of Illinois Chicago. Following college, Coach Silmon played professional basketball in Germany, where she averaged 26 points, 21 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks and 2 steals.  During her professional career in Germany, Coach Silmon shot an astounding 55.6% from the field. She also led her Ansett, Australia team to the playoffs while averaging 20 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals per game.  In 2011, Coach Silmon was invited to try out for the Chicago Sky where she was one of their final cuts. Nikki is also a Certified NFPT Personal Trainer.  She has extensive knowledge in proper nutrition which she shares with our players. Her ability to train post players is extraordinary.  Her love and passion for the game of basketball is contagious.  She is a player favorite as she cares about each and every player’s individual development. ILLINOIS ELITE is indeed blessed to have a coach of Coach Nikki Muffoletto Silmon’s credentials and teaching ability.

 

Coach Cully Payne is a legendary player in the State of Illinois.  He was born into a Basketball family.   His mother and father both starred at DePaul University.  His Father, Kent, went on to play Professional Basketball and is regarded as one of the finest trainers in the country.  He has produced and sold numerous Training videos together with Cully.  Coach Payne committed to play College Basketball at DePaul University in the 8th grade.  Coach Payne attended Schaumburg High School where he was the four time "Daily Herald High School - Player of the Year". Coach Payne was also named to the AP First Team All-State Basketball Team Four years in a row. He went on to start and star as a Freshman in the Big Ten Conference at the University of Iowa where he was named the "Freshman of the Year."  He then completed his career starting and starring for three years at Loyola University of Chicago.  His final two years at Loyola he was honored as the team Captain. Coach Payne is now a full time basketball trainer who concentrates his training with ILLINOIS ELITE players.  Coach Payne is a very gifted trainer whose basketball credentials are impeccable and whose passion for training players is simply contagious.

 

Coach Mike Sellergren is also a renowned athlete and basketball player in the state of Illinois.  Coach Sellergren was a "Three-Sport Star Athlete of the Year" at Maine South High School.  Upon graduation he was voted the very prestigious "Coca Cola National Athlete of the Year" which is the predecessor to the current high school "Heisman National Player of the Year Award."  He went on to play at Northwestern University.  Coach Sellergren has coached Basketball at the elite level for over ten years.   Mike is a gifted teacher of solid basketball fundamentals; and prides himself on seeing that every student athlete he coaches is fundamentally sound and receiving the very finest basketball development.

 

Coach Ore Arogundade was recently named the "Daily Herald Player of the Year."  He is the all-time career boys basketball scoring leader with almost 1,600 career points at Saint Viator High School. He is a two-time state of Illinois "All State Player". Ore led a talented Saint Viator High School team to regional championships twice, all while personally breaking numerous Saint Viator Boys Basketball records.   Ore is a gifted Basketball trainer who is especially adept at teaching shooting fundamentals. Ore received an extensive number of College Scholarship offers, eventually choosing to play Division One Basketball at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

 

ILLINOIS ELITE Basketball Club is first and foremost a teaching academy.  Our practices are intense, collegiate style training with an emphasis on individual skill development.