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

  • Hoop Dreams
    "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
  • Hoop Dreams
    You have to expect things
    of yourself before you
    can do them."
    Michael Jordan
  • Hoop Dreams
    “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
  • Hoop Dreams
    "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.

Hoop Dreams News


Brooke Weisbrod  - Fall Ball Guest Speaker/Trainer

IHD welcomes back Brooke Weisbrod as our Fall Ball guest speaker/trainer to share her knowledge, keys to success, and experience with our girls. Weisbrod is a sportscaster and college basketball analyst for ESPN and the Big Ten Network. A three-sport athlete at Coastal Carolina University, she was the second player in school history to amass at least 1,000 points, 300 rebounds and 200 assists. Her basketball awards include Big South Conference Rookie of the Year, Big South Conference Player of the Year, Big South Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year, NCAA Woman of the Year, and the Big South Conference All Decade Team. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was selected into to the Wall School of Business Wall Fellows Program. In 2007 she was inducted into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2013 she was the first female athlete to be named Chanticleer of the Year. Weisbrod played professionally for Germany’s Marburg Marlins until a back injury forced her to retire.

Ivy League for Clausen!

Congratulations to Morgan Clausen and her family for her commitment to Coach Behn and the Brown University Bears of the Ivy League. Ranked among the Top 10 schools in the nation academically, Morgan chose Brown over an attractive offer from the US Naval Academy and was recruited by several other high-academic schools including Colgate, Holy Cross, Bucknell, and St. Bonaventure on the East Coast, and locally by the University of Chicago and University of Indianapolis among others. An amazing accomplishment for an amazing young lady from a great family. Well done!

Elite Summer Season

Our 17u Elite team packed their bags and hit the road in July playing on the exposure circuit in front of dozens of college coaches and scouts. Staring with a solid few days of early July exposure ball in Lexington, KY at the Run 4 the Roses, which is without a doubt among the most competitive and well attended events on the summer circuit (500+ college coaches and 3,000 student-athletes this year) before taking a day off to rest and reflect before moving on to the Nike TOC Chicago 2016 at McCormick Place. Our final stop on the July Exposure Tour was the new the Nike TOC Atlanta. 2nd place in our Nike Chicago pool and 2nd place in the top 17u Pool A in Atlanta, but more importantly another month of great experiences for the players competing against national level competition. So proud of the collective growth and development of this talented group of young ladies and looking forward to following their final year of HS ball and hearing about college decisions.

IHD Black wrap-up

IHD Black finished their summer season at the USJN Summer Final (2nd in pool at 3-1despite missing some key contributors). We don't confuse activity with accomplishment by collecting medals at one day shootouts against weak competition at the HS level, we play exhausting man-to-man defense almost exclusively, and we know that our challenging tournament schedule is not easy for the girls. There are no shortcuts to successful player development and we recognize the time, effort, energy, sacrifice, and investment required. Thank you Black team players, parents, and coaches for sharing the journey with us this season








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USJN Elite Octoberfest
9/24 & 9/25 





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IHD Alumni
Continuing the Dream

Morgan Clausen,
Brown University  

Marlee Kyles,
University of Arizona. 

Kayla Barreto

Rebecca Gerke
Elmhurst College

Morgan Rosencrants
Univ of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Maddie Versluys
Aurora University

Caroline Heimerdinger
North Central College  

Liz McNally
Benedictine University

Julia Moll
Beloit College

Victoria Patterson
Barry University (Miami)

Maggie Powers
Loyola University
(Academic scholarship)

Clarissa Ramos
North Park University

Katie Swanson
Baldwin Wallace University

Kelly Wallner
North Central College

Shelby Holt
Quincy University

Kayla Ross
Olivet Nazarene

Emma Benoit
Northern Michigan

Kiana Jeremiah

Jamie Netzley
Taylor University

Hannah Vitkus
North Central College

Paige Renkosik
Limestone College

Jackie Collins
University of Notre Dame (academics/marching band)