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2019-20 State Tournament Reps - Illinois

Our State Committee is pleased to announce its 2019-20 State Tournament Reps.  You'll find our Reps in the gym attending State Qualifier tournaments to award golden ticket State invites to the top finishing teams.  You can't miss them wearing their bright orange #SeeYouAtState tshirts.  Please say "hello"!

Sharmanelle Hill
Raised in East Saint Louis, IL the City of Champions, Sharmanelle attended East Saint Louis Sr. High and played varsity and club sports such as Track& Field, Swimming, Volleyball, and Basketball year-round.  Sharmanelle went on to coach high school Basketball and Volleyball at the Collegiate School of M.D.B. in St. Louis, Mo. She later opened a mobile swim school, Midwest Aqua Start, where she started the first swim team in the district.  While working and serving through various youth sports programs, Sharmanelle founded Blufins Inc. an aquatic safety organization geared towards preventing drownings through aquatic cross-training, youth sports, and community outreach.  Sharmanelle also serves as the Media and Communications Rep for the Midwest Flag & Cheer League, where she plans events, schedule tournaments, and host Teams during season combines. Sharmanelle has an incredible energy and unique perspective, that brings her passion for youth sports to the forefront.

Joshua Walker
Joshua attended Harper College where he went to school part time while working full time. Although he received multiple offers throughout the years, he did not play basketball in college to provide for his family. He later played semi-professional basketball for the Lake County Stars. Joshua is now using his knowledge and experience by providing training and mentorship to players of all ages and skills. He created the company Options Basketball that provides training for players and also information on recruitment and receiving scholarships.  

Isaac Holloway
Isaac earned all-state recognition while playing basketball at Schaumburg High School in 1998. He went on to become a two-time All-American at Harper College and finished his career at Trinity International University in Deerfield. More recently, Isaac was a Varsity Assistant Coach at Marmion Academy in Aurora.  While not representing the Middle School Basketball Championship, Mr. Holloway serves as a Basketball Skills Trainer for youth hoopers in the Village of Lake in the Hills and Schaumburg areas as well as coaches travel basketball teams in the spring and summer. Isaac's goal is to use the sport of basketball to relay life lessons and instill morals and character into today's youth! 

Kevin Brockington
Kevin’s passion for basketball began in 7th grade in the St. Louis area.   After playing 3 years of high school varsity basketball, he has remained active as a player and as a travel coach for players of all levels.  He has worked with players whose experience ranges from being brand new to the game to those entering Division 1 competition.   Kevin is always eager for opportunities to be around the game in any way possible.   Coaching teams, individual training, video crew member, statistician and, of course sitting in the stands are some of the ways that Kevin stays close to the game, year-round.  He is always excited for any opportunity to be in the gym.

Joyce Jones
Born in Lambert, Mississippi; Joyce played for Quitman Co. High School, where she lettered in basketball, track & field and softball. She played college basketball at Malcolm X College in Chicago where she now resides with her daughter Latonya.  She has coached at Robert Morris University, Lane Tech H.S. and Walter Payton College Prep; leading all teams to the playoffs and Championships.   Ms. Jones is a 19 year Army Veteran.  She played on the Army European Team for 9 years.  After playing on two championship teams and being selected to all Army Women’s Basketball team twice.  Coach Jones was forced to retire due to an unfortunate knee injury.  She then went on as the Assistant Coach for the Army team.  Ms. Jones retired from Cook County Hospital as a trauma nurse.  She has given camps for Depaul's Doug Bruno and former Chicago Bull Joakim Noah, as well as developing her own camps for the youth.

Kevin Gates
Kevin was a standout basketball player in his hometown of Chicago, serving 4 years as a starter and winning defensive player of the year at Bartlett High School. After graduating in 2009, he played for Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire for 3 years before returning to his hometown, where he finished his degree at North Park University.  

Kevin has coached several all-star sports teams, ages 3-12, and continues to play basketball in men’s recreational leagues. He is also a personal trainer, offering one-on-on workout sessions with up-and-coming athletes.  

Raymond Chen
Raymond grew up a competitive basketball player, swimmer, and chess player. He graduated from DePaul University in 2012 with a degree in Finance and Economics. Currently, he works as a Finance Manager at a private chemical company in Chicago, and in his spare time, manages a non-profit basketball organization called Indoor Hoops.