About Ill. Hoops
No other state in the country can match the caliber of Illinois high school basketball. New York will say it but can’t back it up. Indiana possesses a lot of history and sizeable gyms. California has produced its share of talent. But when it comes down to it, none have the players, coaches, teams, history, rivalries and fans to compare with Illinois. Our goal at Ill. Hoops is to provide readers the level of coverage Illinois high school basketball deserves.
Established in 2003, Ill. Hoops is a one-of-a-kind e-magazine devoted to Illinois high school boys basketball. Each issue opens with a full-size cover photo and is packed with in-depth features on the state’s top players and teams, profiles of unknown stars, expert analysis, Q&As with former Illinois greats, player diaries, columns, countless color action photos and much more.
Issues are published weekly during the high school season and monthly during the AAU season. We produce more than 20 issues a year.
The high school season is kicked off with a Class A and AA season-preview issues that feature polls, team profiles, players to watch, can’t-miss games and preseason all-state teams. Each state tournament is recapped with its own issue. Our season-ending issues include players of the year, all-state teams and the season’s most memorable photos. Soon afterward, we publish our summer-preview issue that includes AAU team profiles, event listings and up-and-coming players.
While many publications concentrate on one area, Ill. Hoops covers the entire state and all classes. Our covers have been graced by players from nearly everywhere in Illinois. If there’s a great player or a team out there, we’ll find them.
One of our main goals when Ill. Hoops was created was to make it affordable for all fans. We feel we’ve done that. A year’s subscription of 20-plus issues, costs only $20. That’s less than a $1 an issue. Subscribers also receive access to all our past issues.
About Scott Powers, Editor and Publisher
Scott Powers grew up a hoops junkie in Chicago. While he had strong lefty hook, he discovered at an early age he wasn’t destined to be an NBA star. He kept his love of sports alive by pursuing a sportswriting career while at Loyola Academy and landed his first professional story in the Pioneer Press as a high school senior. He went on to Indiana University and graduated with a journalism degree. He has appeared in more than a dozen publications, including the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald. Before establishing Ill. Hoops, he spent two years as a sportswriter at The Journal-Standard in Freeport. His writing has won awards from The Associated Press, Illinois Press Association and Hoosier Press Association.
About Jordan Wilson, Senior Writer
One of basketball’s youngest and most promising writers, Jordan Wilson has been with Ill. Hoops since its inception. Wilson began his journalism career as a freelancer at The Journal-Standard. He has continued his career in Carbondale.
What others are saying about Ill. Hoops
“Ill. Hoops is the ultimate place to stay up to date on Illinois high school basketball. The best part about it that separates it from other places is the pictures, which I always look for.” – Jon Scheyer, Duke University guard and two-time Ill. Hoops Class AA Player of the Year from Glenbrook North
“It’s a superb publication. I think the e-magazine looks great, very colorful and well edited.” – Ira Berkow, New York Times sports columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner
“There can’t be anyone in the state who logs more miles or sees more games than Scott Powers. Because of his hard work, Ill. Hoops has become the ultimate authority on all things high school basketball.” – Greg Stewart, Peoria Journal Star sports reporter
“Ill. Hoops is a great addition to the coverage of high school basketball in the state of Illinois.” – Chris Kusnerick, Collinsville High School coach
“There are a lot of recruiting Web sites on the Internet, but Ill. Hoops offers a unique concept – stories about the best high school basketball players in Illinois, who they are, what makes them tick, personality profiles that reach beyond the repetition of revealing which colleges a prospect is considering today.” – Taylor Bell, author of “Sweet Charlie, Dike, Cazzie and Bobby Joe – High School Basketball in Illinois”
“If you want to know what’s happening in Illinois high school hoops, then Ill. Hoops is the e-magazine for you. They cover Illinois hoops from Hoopeston to Chicago, giving you complete coverage of both Class A & AA ball. If you want to know what’s up in Illinois basketball, then Ill. Hoops is your e-magazine.” – Van Coleman, national recruiting scout and editor/publisher of Hoopmasters.com
“Ill. Hoops is ahead of its times as an e-zine covering anything, nonetheless Illinois high school basketball. They do a great job of introducing people to players they might not have heard of, but will, and players we have heard of that will be factors in the postseason.” – Todd Hefferman, The Southern Illinoisan sports reporter
“Scott Powers is a refreshing new face in the high school hoops scene, and his Ill. Hoops e-magazine has its finger on the pulse of basketball in the state.” – Bob Sakamoto, Chicago Tribune prep reporter
“To tell you the truth, it’s the best prep basketball magazine I’ve ever read. It gives you everything. It covers everything around the state. It’s Illinois basketball.” – Willie Veasley, Butler University forward and Freeport all-state forward
“I like Ill. Hoops because covers everyone in the state. You get the variety pack.” – Lucas O’Rear, University of Northern Iowa recruit and Nashville all-state senior
“Ill. Hoops is one of the most comprehensive and in-depth sites/e-magazines in the world of high school basketball. The photos, unbiased articles and the complete coverage of the state of Illinois make it a must-read.” – Troy Johnson, Illinois Stars AAU coach
“Ill. Hoops does an outstanding job of covering high school basketball throughout the entire state of Illinois. Not only is it thorough, innovative and informative, but it provides great insight without the personal biases and agendas which are so prevalent in today’s world of prep hoops.” –Roy and Harv Schmidt, recruiting analysts of Illinois Prep Bulls-eye
“Ill. Hoops is a great place to get to know a lot, not just about how great the players are, but you actually get to know the players off the court as well.” – Devan Bawinkel, West Virginia University guard and Ill. Hoops Class A Player of the Year from Winnebago