Illinois Central Elite – ICE AAU Travel Teams are for players who want to improve their basketball skills and their basketball knowledge (IQ) on the court. At the end of each travel team season your player will show tremendous strides in improving their basketball skills and basketball knowledge.

Illinois Central Elite – ICE is co-owned by Brian Davis and Octavius Parker. Brian and Octavius are back together in the gym coaching travel teams! Brian has over 20 years of experience in the youth sports industry as president of Joy Of The Game – Rising Stars Basketball Club in Deerfield, IL. Brian coached and trained players on travel teams from Pre-K to college basketball players.

Octavius is the owner of Optimum Performance where he currently trains boys and girls players from 1st to 5th Grade, junior high school, high school, college and professionals in group training, clinics and camps all year round.

Illinois Central Elite – ICE coaching staff has over 25 years of experience in coaching travel teams and training athletes to become better basketball players. Skill Training along with an experienced coaching staff is the right combination for your athlete to improve their game with Illinois Central Elite – ICE.

Brian Davis

Brian Davis

Co-Founder / Co-Owner
(847) 456-2617

Brian Davis

Octavius Parker

Co-Founder / Co-Owner
(773) 704-6444

Illinois Central Elite – ICE AAU Travel Teams are for players who want to improve their basketball skills and their basketball knowledge (IQ) on the court. At the end of each travel team season your player will show tremendous strides in improving their basketball skills and basketball knowledge.

Illinois Central Elite – ICE is co-owned by Brian Davis and Octavius Parker. Brian and Octavius are back together in the gym coaching travel teams! Brian has over 20 years of experience in the youth sports industry as president of Joy Of The Game – Rising Stars Basketball Club in Deerfield, IL. Brian coached and trained players on travel teams from Pre-K to college basketball players.

Octavius is the owner of Optimum Performance where he currently trains boys and girls players from 1st to 5th Grade, junior high school, high school, college and professionals in group training, clinics and camps all year round.

Illinois Central Elite – ICE coaching staff has over 25 years of experience in coaching travel teams and training athletes to become better basketball players. Skill Training along with an experienced coaching staff is the right combination for your athlete to improve their game with Illinois Central Elite – ICE.

Brian Davis

Brian Davis

Co-Founder / Co-Owner
(847) 456-2617

Brian Davis

Octavius Parker

Co-Founder / Co-Owner
(773) 704-6444

Coaches

Charlie Almeroth

Charlie Almeroth joins the ICE team with 4 years of basketball coaching experience ranging from 2nd grade developmental programs to elite level high school teams competing in NCAA certified tournaments.

He graduated from Glenbrook South high school in Glenview, Illinois where he was a lacrosse standout all four years. Charlie has a wide array of coaching experience in different sports, including baseball, football and lacrosse. He has built his reputation through the development of his players as both a head coach and individual trainer, including coaching and training the sons of former professional athletes and current high school coaches.

In addition to ICE, Charlie coaches for David Adelman’s Play Hard Hoops as well as 3-Point Athletics.
 

Tony Enwiya

Tony Enwiya comes to ICE at the conclusion of his two-year playing career at Harry S. Truman College in Chicago, IL. His achievements at Truman College include leading the team in scoring each of his two seasons, while serving as team captain during his sophomore year.

Prior to his career at Truman, Tony attended Maine East High School in Park Ridge, IL where he played all four years. He had a successful senior year, being named team MVP and a 2011 state finalist in the IHSA Country Companies 3-pt. Shot Contest.

Coach Enwiya brings a vast amount of basketball knowledge he has accumulated over his playing career. He is eager to use this information in the development of his players.
 

Dewayne Evans

Dewayne Evans comes to ICE with 7 years of collegiate coaching experience.  He spent the last 5 years as an assistant at Division 3 Lake Forest College where he mentored three All-Midwest Conference selections and was part of the staff that led the Foresters to the 2012 Midwest Conference Championship.

Prior to Lake Forest, Coach Evans spent 2 years at Division 2 Grand Valley State University.  During his time at Grand Valley, he helped lead the Lakers to two straight NCAA tournament appearances.

Prior to joining the staff at Grand Valley, Evans served for two years as a coach and skills instructor with the Illinois Rising Stars AAU program in Deerfield, Illinois.

Evans graduated from Oberlin College in 2005, where he was a starting point guard for three years and also an all-conference track performer. Evans is a native of Chandler, Arizona and graduated from Chandler High School in 2001 where he was a standout three sport athlete. Coach Evans is also a skills trainer that works with players from the elementary to professional ranks.
 

Ahmad Gibson

Ahmad Gibson comes to ICE with 4 years of varsity basketball experience at Niles West High School. His successful high school career included 3 years as team captain, 2x all-conference, 3x all-tournament, all-area, 2x team MVP, 2x team scoring leader, 3x team assists and steals leader, and being a one time regional champion.

Prior to joining ICE, Coach Gibson coached 5-7 year olds at the Skokie Park District, and has 4 years of skills training experience ranging from ages 8-18. Coach Gibson also has 9 years of AAU playing experience and graduated from Lincoln College in 2016.
 

Howard Kravets

Coach Kravets joins ICE with an impressive 23-year coaching resume, which includes coaching at many different levels and programs. Starting as a junior high school head coach and feeder coach in his hometown of Deerfield, he eventually worked his way up to the high school ranks. Coach Kravets had the honor of being the Varsity Assistant for Hall of Fame Coach Steve Pappas’ last years, which ended in a Sectional birth for Deerfield High School in 2002. He then coached at all high school levels at Grayslake Central High School before becoming Head Varsity Coach at Round Lake High School.

After coaching high school, Coach Kravets was named Head Assistant at College of Lake County, a high-level Division II Junior College. He helped lead CLC to a State Final/Regional Final birth in 2013, a game away from the national tournament.

He has coached AAU for over 10 years as well, including programs such as Rising Stars, Kessel Heat, and Northern Illinois Hoopers. He qualified teams for the AAU National Tournament, mainly at the 15U and 16U age group. In addition, he has helped develop many players who went onto the next level, including Division I. Currently in his 20th year teaching high school mathematics, Coach Kravets is happy to join ICE and begin the next chapter in his AAU coaching career.
 

Mike Skinner

Coach Skinner joins ICE with an impressive track record for coaching boys and girls of all ages.  Coach Skinner was previously with Joy of the Game and is the only coach at JG to coach both girls & boys high school teams.

Coach Skinner played at Sullivan H.S. in Chicago from ’85-‘89, spent 3 years as varsity player and was all-conference in addition to being voted to all-city third team and the city-suburban game roster in ‘89. Skinner was all-area at Kennedy-King JC in ’91-‘92, and finished up at Highpoint University in N.C. where he was all-conference (Big South) and Pre-season All-American in ‘92 – ’94 and played professionally in Mexico, France and in the I.B.A (Dakota Wizards).

Coach Skinner was the assistant varsity coach and head freshman coach at Evanston H.S. from ’96 – ’99 and the sophomore coach at Mundelein H.S. from 2005-2006, before landing his first head coaching position at Antioch H.S. from 2006-2011. Coach Skinner is also a personal trainer at ICE helping players improve on their individual and team skills.
 

Navarro Thompson

Navarro Thompson joins Illinois Central Elite with 10 years of training and coaching experience.

A native of Chicago IL, Thompson played at Lincoln Park High School from 1999-2003 and spent 3 years as a varsity player.  In his senior year he led the school to the public league semifinals and IHSA sectionals, was named 1st team all conference and all-city honorable mention, and voted to the city-suburban game.  Thompson was also selected to the all-academic team.  He went on to become a 4 year letter winner at Carthage College before being invited to several professional tryouts in Germany and Mexico.

Thompson has coached youth travel teams, grades 3rd – 8th and is also a basketball skills trainer, training youth, college and professional players.

 

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