Mike Mullins founded the Illinois Wolves traveling basketball program in 1999 with one-grade school team. As that team advanced age groups and had great success the Wolves became an elite high school age team and added more teams at the high school level. The Wolves staff is comprised of former or current high school and college coaches who are receiving no compensation, which holds true to the present day.
Since our inception, the Wolves program has had almost 270 players in excess of $60 million in scholarships in 17 classes. This is a total from just 16 HS graduating classes which has seen players attend schools such as North Carolina, Stanford, Northwestern, Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Marquette, Boston College, DePaul, Northern Iowa, Iowa, West Virginia, Butler, UW-Milwaukee, Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Santa Clara, San Jose St, Pennsylvania, Rutgers, Belmont, Stetson, Wright St, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Illinois, Miami of Ohio, American, Lafayette, Loyola, Eastern Michigan, South Dakota, Lipscomb, Northern Illinois, Albany, Buffalo, Valpo, U of Illinois-Chicago, Wofford, Kansas State, Nebraska, Penn, William and Mary, Colorado State, UC-Davis, and Central Michigan at the D1 level. Others have received full scholarships at the D2 level from schools such as Mercyhurst, Lewis University, St. Michaels, Lemoyne, Quincy, Hillsdale, UW Parkside, Southern Indiana, Northern Kentucky, Northern Michigan and Spring Hill among others. While some received financial aid dollars from schools such as U of Chicago, Washington U, Augustana, Loras, Illinois Wesleyan and Carthage at the D3 level. NAIA schools such as Oklahoma Baptist, Olivet Nazarene, William Penn, Cardinal Stretch, and St. Xavier have also provided scholarship dollars as well. We hold a 97% college graduation rate for our former players.
Our players come from all backgrounds and from all parts of the state of Illinois. We are proud to have Evan Turner be 2nd pick of 2010 NBA Draft and Frank Kaminsky 9th pick in 2015 NBA Draft as well as 40 of our players sign professional contracts overseas. Wolves alums also have won an NCAA championship, an NIT title, and an NAIA title. Wolves alums have won Gold Medals for USA Basketball at U16-U17 & U19 as well a Silver medal at U21. We have been blessed to have a:
The volunteers who donate their time and vacation hours to coaching the Wolves are irreplaceable. Past coaches such as Bob Frasor Sr, Ken Rice, Jeff Carpenter, Marty Gaughan, John Bryant, Frank Kaminsky Sr. Carl Maniscalco, and Ken Gryzwa. The Wolves have the best staff in travel ball, which strives in skill development and preparing young men for their best days ahead on and off the court.
ILLWolves Active Coaching Tree:
Brandon Bailey Maine Red Claws, NBA G League
Luke Yaklich U of Michigan
Brendan Mullins Illinois State University
Bryan Mullins Loyola U Chicago
Willie Veasley North Dakota State
Aaron Anderson Southern Idaho
Bobby Frasor Brother Rice High School
Mike Davis Lakeview High School
Tony Young Marmion Academy
Dave Kleinschmidt Benet Academy
Ken Gryzwa DePaul Prep
Matt Collins York High School
DeAndre McCamey Glenbard East
The current coaching staff is as follows:
Dave Kleinschmidt, Director of Middle School Basketball as well as Director of Marketing.
Chris Conrad, Player Development Coach
U17 Mike Mullins and Dave Kleinschmidt
U16 Tony Young, Mike Mullins, and Dave Kleinschmidt
U15 Dre McCamey and Chris Conrad
U14 Eric Long
The players and their families who benefit from travel basketball and the forum for enhancement it provides are success stories that the Wolves organization is proud to be a small part of. We make a positive difference in young peoples lives.
Michael P. Mullins
Illinois Wolves Director