• Hoop Dreams
    "Talent is God-given.
    Be humble.
    Fame is man-given.
    Be grateful.
    Conceit is self-given.
    Be careful."

    - Coach John Wooden
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    "Besides pride, loyalty,
    I try to never lose sight
    of what a special time it
    is to be a women's
    basketball player.
    Sue Wicks
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    You have to expect things
    of yourself before you
    can do them."
    Michael Jordan
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    “A winner is someone who
    recognizes his God- given
    talents, works his tail off to
    develop them into skills, and uses these skills
    to accomplish his goals.”
    Larry Bird
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    "You don't always need
    the five best players
    to win, you need the five
    that play best together."
    -Greg Anthony 
  • Hoop Dreams “You can practice shooting
    eight hours a day, but if
    your technique is wrong,
    then all you become is very
    good at shooting the wrong
    way. Get the fundamentals down
    and the level of everything you
    do will rise.”

    -Michael Jordan  

Welcome To the Illinois Hoop Dreams Website

IHD provides an affordable, safe, and positive learning environment for young women. We are dedicated to helping our players build strong character, become positive role models, and to maximizing their full potential on and off of the basketball court. We are focused on fundamental skill development and improving all aspects of the player’s game in order to help them become well rounded student-athletes that are prepared to achieve success at the HS JV, HS Varsity, Collegiate level, and in life.

IHD Goals:
• Provide age-specific training.
• Teach technical and tactical skills.
• Promote good sportsmanship and team spirit.
• Increase the player’s knowledge of basketball.
• Prepare each player to be successful at the next level of school basketball.
• Evaluate each player’s skills and develop and implement a plan for individual improvement.

IHD Focus:
• Ball handling and passing.
• Triple threat and court spacing.
• Post moves and rebounding.
• Defensive keys and transition play.
• Offensive & defensive keys.
• Floor vision, court communication, and moving without the ball.
• Team offensive schemes and team defensive schemes.
• Special game situations and strategies.


Spring Summer 2015

5/6th Graders Making Noise
Coach Bannerman and her crew of determined little people have been on fire all season as they head into the final weekend event of May with an amazing 11-1 season record and having won 3 of the 4 tournaments they’ve entered. The group is led on the offensive end by the very talented Elena Wells (6th grade) who gained valuable experience during the fall/winter season playing several games with our 8th grade team, and on the defensive end by just about everyone since they all contribute to the collective effort. There are a number of new faces on the team this year that are getting their first exposure to the higher level basketball experience that we offer and they have all accepted the challenge. Our objective has never been to schedule to win medals. It’s always been to build players that are solid fundamentally, have higher IQ’s than the norm, and that embrace competition and the opportunity to excel. Thus far, this group has certainly passed every test and we’re excited to follow them into June.

HS Teams visit the Show Me State
We traveled to St. Louis this weekend to compete in the USJN Gateway Challenge with our HS level teams where several of our girls showed very well in front of the college coaches from D2, D3, and NAIA schools. Our Elite team was undefeated in 17U National Division pool play at 3-0 and finished the weekend 3-1 after a setback against a very talented Oklahoma Blue Star club. We almost never complain about officiating, but being called for 10 team fouls in the first 4 minutes of a game is a tough hurdle to overcome. The 15u Black team played up in the 17u Regional Division and finished the weekend a very respectable 2-2 with a balanced team effort and key contributions by all, while our youngest teams (Frosh & 8th) continue to compete against the best and improve each time out as they become adjusted to “A” level HS tournaments. The experience will serve them well heading into the ultra-competitive national July events following our June break.  THANK YOU to all of the players, parents, and coaches for making this a great weekend. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.
Congrats to USJN All-Star selections:
Kalya Ross
Katie Castoro
Becca Kendeigh
Annie Tate
Aja Davis



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