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KNIGHT COMMITS TO CARTHAGE COLLEGE

The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Lauren Knight (Providence Catholic HS, 2020) has committed to play her collegiate basketball for Coach Tim Bernero and the Carthage Lady Reds.

Lauren has had a stellar high school career at Providence Catholic, being recognized with all-conference selections her junior and senior seasons (co-conf POY), to go with an MVP selection at the Beecher Classic and an all-tourney nod at the Lincoln-way East Medieval Classic.  And she eclipsed the 1000 points career scoring mark just recently.

“When you describe the quintessential combo guard, you are describing Lauren Knight,” commented Rockets 17 Red Coach, Drew Ondik.  “She can handle the ball like a point guard.  She is a tremendous perimeter shooter.  And she possesses the speed and quickness to put it on the floor and attack the rim.  Lauren puts the work in as well, and she is a great teammate with a big heart.”

The Illinois Rockets congratulate Lauren and her Dad, Matt, on her commitment to Carthage College!

KWILOSZ COMMITS TO NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE

The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Nicole (Nikki) Kwilosz (Naperville North HS, 2020) has committed to play her collegiate basketball for Coach Maggie McCloskey-Bax and the North Central College Cardinals.

Nikki has played in the Rockets program for five years.  She has had a stellar career at Naperville North High School, having been their starting point guard for most of her four-year varsity career.

“Nikki exemplifies grit, determination and leadership,” stated Rockets 17 Red Coach Drew Ondik.  “The very first things you notice about her are her enthusiasm, vocal leadership and the love she shows her teammates.  She is a coach on the floor, as her knowledge of the game is high end.  Nikki is selfless as a player – never concerned about her own points or stats – and always wanting to get all her teammates involved – she is the definition of a top-flight point guard,” added Coach Ondik.

The Illinois Rockets congratulate Nikki and her parents, Dina and Tony, on her commitment to North Central College.

NAWARA COMMITS TO COLORADO COLLEGE


The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Emma Nawara (St. Charles North HS, 2020) has committed to play her collegiate basketball for Coach Katherine Menendez and the Colorado College Tigers.

Emma, a 5’10” forward, has been in the Rockets program for four years, having joined for her 8th grade season initially.

“Emma has been one of the most tireless workers I’ve ever coached,” commented Rockets 17 Red Coach Drew Ondik.  “The effort she has put in to making herself the player she is today has been incredibly admirable.  Her game is marked by a non-stop motor and an innate ability to find the ball as it comes off the rim.  And her steadfast participation in Coach Rufus’ skills sessions helped her offensive game improve each and every year she’s been in our Rockets program.”

Lastly, commented Coach Ondik, “Emma is a tremendous teammate and is wickedly smart.  She has always been extremely coachable and continues to want to get better!”

The Illinois Rockets congratulate Emma and her parents, Beth and Dave, on her commitment to Colorado College!

KETTERMAN COMMITS TO PURDUE FORT WAYNE

The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Zoe Ketterman (Rosary HS, 2020) has committed to play her college basketball for Coach Niecee Nelson and the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastadons.

Zoe participated in the Rockets program for four summers.

“Zoe combines size and strength with the versatility of a small forward,” said Drew Ondik – Head Coach of the Illinois Rockets 17 Red team.  “She battled opponents taller than her all summer and she matched their toughness at every turn.  And Zoe’s perimeter shooting gave those opponents major fits.  Her teammates adored Zoe and Coach Brandon Stanciel (pictured above) and I appreciated the effort Zoe brought to every practice and game.”

The Rockets program congratulates Zoe and her parents, Samantha and Travis, and we wish her much success in her senior year at Rosary and in her college career at Purdue Fort Wayne.

             



HILL COMMITS TO BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY

The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Olivia Hill (Fremd HS, 2020) has elected to play her collegiate basketball for Coach Robyn Fralick and the Bowling Green State University Falcons.                                 

Olivia, a 6’0” stretch four, has been in the Rockets program for 2 years, competing at the 17 Red level each season.

“Olivia’s high motor and versatility are what caught the eyes of the dozens of colleges who recruited her,” according to Rockets 17 Red Head Coach Drew Ondik.  “She is a superb defender, an active and tenacious rebounder and a triple threat offensive player – she has a great interior post play game, can dribble penetrate from the perimeter, and can hit the 3 from the arc.”

“As great of a player as Olivia is, she is an even better person,” added Coach Ondik.  “She possesses high end leadership qualities which help raise her teammates up.  She was an absolute joy to coach for two summers.”

The Illinois Rockets congratulate Olivia and her parents, Lezlie and Tim, on her commitment to Bowling Green State University.

  


SMITH COMMITS TO DEPAUW UNIVERSITY

The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Jaida Smith (Immaculate Conception Catholic Prep, 2019) has committed to play her collegiate basketball for Coach Kris Huffman and the DePauw University Tigers.

    

Jaida, a 5’5” point guard, has been in the Rockets program for 2 years, competing at the 17 Red level each season.

“To say that Jaida has incredible speed is an understatement,” according to Rockets 17 Red Head Coach Drew Ondik.  “Her on-ball defense is best-in-class and her ability to push the ball in transition, regularly enabled our Rockets squad to score easy baskets.”

“Jaida is fearless and very tough, having played through some significant injuries and discomfort at times,” added Coach Ondik.  “She is a glue kid – her teammates feed off that toughness and off of her warm, inclusive personality.”

The Illinois Rockets congratulate Jaida and her parents, Donna and Fabian, on her commitment to DePauw University.

BAUMGARTNER COMMITS TO UW WHITEWATER

The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Abi Baumgartner (Lincoln-Way Central, 2019) has committed to play her collegiate basketball for Coach Keri Carollo and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks.

                                                    

A three-year starter at Lincoln-Way Central HS, Abi garnered all-conference honors each season.  She also received IBCA all-state honorable mention recognition.

“Abi’s versatility and durability enabled her to lead our Illinois Rockets 17 Red squad in minutes played, rebounds and free throws made and attempted,” commented Drew Ondik, Rockets 17 Red head coach.  “She also finished second in points, assists and steals.  Abi’s impact went well beyond her statistical contributions, however, as she was a great teammate and an absolute joy to coach.”

The Illinois Rockets congratulate Abi and her parents, Jamie and Pat, on her commitment to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

JONES COMMITS TO CARTHAGE COLLEGE

The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Nya Jones (Glenbard South HS, 2019) has committed to play collegiate basketball for Coach Tim Bernero and the Carthage College Lady Reds.