• Hoop Dreams
    Ability may get
    you to the top, but it takes
    Character to keep
    you there-
    mental, moral and physical

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

    - Coach John Wooden
  • 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.


Spring Summer 2015

Illinois Hoop Dreams is a competitive girls’ basketball club that provides an affordable, safe, and positive learning environment for young women. We are dedicated to helping our players build strong character while reaching their full potential on and off the basketball court.

IHD is the premier girls-only AAU program in the Fox Valley and one of the top clubs in the state. We have developed and trained more All-Conference and All-Area level players than any other organization in the area and our players are regularly recognized as being among the most skilled and competitive in their respective school programs. They play with a confidence, passion, and intensity that sets them apart from their peers.

Our focus on Elite Level skill development and fundamentals, providing the right balance of games vs. practice, and a commitment to participating in “A” level tournaments and events against the best available competition are keys to our success.

We have been blessed with a great combination of talented players, supportive parents, and dedicated coaches. If IHD sounds like the AAU club that you have been looking for, please consider attending our Spring/Summer season try-outs to see for yourself what makes us different.
Dream Big. Play Hard. Stay Humble.


Try-out Results

See Roster Page


On behalf of the entire IHD organization, I would like to sincerely thank every player and parent for attending our 2015 season try-outs. We were once again humbled and blessed by the amazing turnout and are excited to work with this talented group.

Unfortunately, because we do not have unlimited resources, we are not able to offer a roster spot to every player. That said, if your daughter’s name does not appear on the list below, she may still be called in the event that another player declines our invitation to join IHD.

All players listed are expected to be at tonight’s practice. If you are not able to make it tonight, please contact us. If we do not hear from you, we will consider your roster spot forfeited and will offer it to players on the waiting list.

  • Coach Collins


Prairie Knolls Middle School
225 Nesler Road
Elgin, IL 60124

5th – 7th grades: 6:30 – 8:00
8th – HS: 8:00 – 9:30


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Continuing the Dream
Class of 2014

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Julia Moll
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Victoria Patterson
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Maggie Powers
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(Academic scholarship)

Clarissa Ramos
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Katie Swanson
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Kelly Wallner
North Central College