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. Michael‘s, 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 a 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 and Frank Kaminsky Sr. 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.
The current coaching staff is as follows:
Dave Kleinschmidt, Director of Middle School Basketball as well as Director of Marketing.
U17 Mike Mullins, Carl Maniscalco, and Ken Gryzwa
U16 Dre McCamey and Tony Young
U15 Dave Kleinschmidt and Jay Simpson
U14 Dave Kleinschmidt and Jay Simpson
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 people’s lives.
Michael P. Mullins
Illinois Wolves Director