2017-18 State Tournament Reps - Illinois

Our State Executive Committee is pleased to announce its 2017-18 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"!

Brian McGraw
Brian lives in Chicago and was originally introduced to the game of basketball as a 6'1 inch 6th grader, when he was recruited to the team by the school's principal who was also the basketball coach. Immediately, he fell in love with the sport and in learning the fundamentals and improving his skill set.

Brian attended Roberto Clemente high school, located in the northwest side of Chicago from 1982-1986.  Brian played varsity basketball in the extremely competitive Chicago Public League until his graduation.

A short time later, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and while serving on active duty and playing in pick up games in his free time, he was observed by a high ranking Sgt. Major who himself was a fan of basketball.  This NCO proceeded to quiz Brian on his background and game situations. It was at this time that Brian was given the task as serving as player/head coach of the Field Artillery's basketball team whose members all outranked Brian who at that time was a low ranking E-2 Private.  It was this assignment where Brian's passion for coaching came to light.

After receiving his honorable discharge, Brian relocated to Southern California and devoted his free time to volunteer coaching in the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation and various YMCA youth basketball programs and Travel teams.

In 1996, Brian was hired as a high school basketball coach at Louisville high school, located in Woodland Hills, CA.  His responsibility was to teach fundamentals and skills to the Junior Varsity girls team to prepare them for their future participation on the Varsity team.  Next, he was given to opportunity to start the boys and girls basketball programs from the ground up for New Community Jewish high school in West Hills, CA.

In 2006, Brian returned to Chicago and the Chicago Public League, working as a basketball coach at schools such as Northside College Prep, DRW Trading College Prep and currently at Lake View high school.

Brian's goal is to continue to share his knowledge and passion for basketball with today's up and coming young players who desire to learn how to get better and want to play the game.... the RIGHT WAY!!

Kelsey Paxton
Kelsey, who currently calls Chicago home, attended the University of California Los Angeles where she pole-vaulted and played tennis.  Upon graduation Kelsey, worked in the greater Los Angeles area assisting local youth football and basketball teams.  Kelsey is currently pursuing her Masters in Counseling: Specialization in Sport and Health Psychology.  Kelsey currently volunteers at a local junior high implementing sports workshops.

Henry Springer
Henry, who lives in East Hazel Crest, saw his basketball career started at Kankakee Community College where he interned as the Men's basketball manager.  Acting as a practice player as well as assisting with game-day operations, Kankakee made it to the regional championship.  Henry later became the head athletics coach for a youth summer camp where he had the opportunity to teach kids the fundamentals of the game.  Henry is currently a senior at Governors State University and plans to attend graduate school to earn a masters in sport management.  His career goal is to become a general manager for a professional basketball team, preferably for his hometown Chicago Bulls!

Joshua Walker
Currently residing in Schaumburg, Joshua recently attended Harper College where he went to school part time while working full time.  Although having 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 has 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!