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15U Team to Join Celtics Family

March 15th, 2013


The Illinois Celtics are excited to announce the addition of a 15U team for the 2013 Spring/Summer season. The former 2012 Illinois T-Wolves 14U team has joined the Celtics family and will now play as the Celtics 15U team this season.

Last year’s team made significant noise on the circuit, finishing with a record of 54-17. The team ended the season with a 14th place finish at the 14U AAU National Division II Tournament in Orlando, Florida. The team finished the tournament with a record of 7-3. The team begins the season as one of only three teams from Illinois listed in the 15U AAU preseason power rankings (17th) for either Division I or Division II.

Coach Rick Lenoir is expecting big things from this 15U Celtics group. “I am excited to see the growth and maturity of these guys this summer. We should be able to build on what we started last season,” Lenoir stated. The 15U group has size and the ability to shoot the ball. “We are thrilled to become a part of the Celtics family,” Lenoir added.

2012 Season Recap

Baylor All Star Classic College Showcase
Orange Crush/Chicago Hoops Tournament
Coach Locke Memorial
NY2LA Next Generation Invitational Consolation

Semi-Final Appearances
Baylor Indiana March AAU Super Regional
Chicago Spring Classic

Quarterfinal Appearances
Illinois State AAU District Championship
NY2LA Invitational

In Memory of Coach Anthony Muhammad

October 19th, 2012
Baylor Report – BB Recruiting Report
by Toi Baylor, Friday, 10/12/2012

Coach Muhammad established the Illinois Celtics program and was a former coach and administrator with the Illinois Twolves organization. Coach Muhammad was a strong visionary that supported the growth and success of athletes. The Illinois Celtics mission statement states that it is to provide opportunities for student athletes to engage in positive and productive basketball activities throughout the years.

Now in 2012, his program keeps his spirit alive with the success of their first season without him. Sometimes tragedy brings us closer and stronger as a unit. The 2015 Illinois Celtics basketball team has solidified their cohesiveness and has made their mark as one of the elite traveling teams on the basketball circuit. The Celtics won our Platinum Division at the D1 Showcase NCAA certified event. The Celtics players have received National attention from several media services such as Rivals, and ESPN. But most importantly, the college coaches are recruiting their players.

Some of their feature 2015 athletes are Tyler Jackson, 7’0, center who blocks anything that comes into his radar. Joseph Toye, 6’6, forward, strong athletic game changer. Aaron Jordan, 6’2, crafty guard that can knock down the perimeter shot. Last but not least, Alex Edwards, 5’9, PG, lefty with extraordinary ball handling skills.

In 2012, the Celtics added a 16U competitive traveling team to the program who continued to show growth as the season progressed. Some of the highlight players are Mike Brooks, 6’1, high scoring PG. Tyler Zampa, 6’4 Forward who has a strong inside/outside game, Allias Roberts-Burnett, 6’0 combo guard with leaping ability, and Kevin Connelly, 6’4, SG, that shoots lights out.

We wish the Celtics program much success and look forward to seeing the players in the 2013 AAU season. To read more about the Celtics players, subscribe to our service. Our service is for college coaches that already subscribe to our service and new college coaches subscribers. You can Like Us on Facebook @ Baylor Basketball and follow us on Twitter @ bayloryouth.




A Tribute to Coach Muhammad

September 5th, 2012

The 15U and 16U Illinois Celtics basketball teams just finished very successful Spring and Summer AAU seasons. The 15U team posted a record of 42 and 9, while the 16U team in its first season finished 20 and 14, with a second-place finish in the Old Gold tournament.

All of this success would not have happened if one man did not have the vision. Fortunately for our program, that man was Anthony Muhammad.

Coach Muhammad, as he was known around the basketball circuit, had the vision to start a new program two years ago that focused on developing the full potential of each student athlete in our program. His vision was to promote youth development through basketball.

In our first 15U game of the season, Coach Muhammad suffered a massive heart attack and passed away suddenly. This was a devastating blow to the entire Celtics family and to the basketball community.

Coach Muhammad had touched so many people, as evidenced at his funeral service. He had especially touched each and every person in our program. Because of him, the coaches, players, and parents decided to continue his dream and dedicate this season to him.

We know that Coach M was with us throughout this season. He is smiling down on us today, and his spirit lives on in each of us. We also know that he is well pleased with not only our successes, but also with our commitment to keeping his vision alive.

Coach Muhammad was an extraordinary man who had a deep love for his players. Not only did he spend countless hours teaching them the finer points of basketball, he also spent hours attending other events of the players on his team. Whether it was a football game, baseball game or a recital, it did not matter. Coach Muhammad would be there cheering on that player and his family. Relationship was extremely important to him, and that is one of the reasons why he was universally respected.

Although this season was more difficult than we could ever have imagined, we came through (as Coach M would have wanted) stronger and more committed to our players and their families. We owe so much to Coach Muhammad and his wife Michelle for their commitment and dedication to seeing this vision come true.

Coach Muhammad, your memory will always be with us, and we thank you for all that you have done for us.

Rest in Peace, Coach M!

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