Who We Are
Founded in 2010 by Coach Ralph Gesualdo, Midwest Elite EYBL is more than just a basketball program; it's a breeding ground for the next generation of basketball legends. As the only Nike-sponsored girls' basketball program in Illinois, we provide unparalleled opportunities and exposure for our players.
From the get-go, our teams were fire on the court. For the first three years, we battled it out with elite AAU teams nationwide and came out on top in numerous tournaments. Our early success caught the eye of Nike, leading to our sponsorship in 2014. Today, we're one of just 32 girls basketball programs in the U.S. to hold this esteemed partnership.
Why Choose Us
Becoming a part of Midwest Elite EYBL is a game-changing move for aspiring basketball players, and here's why:
Unmatched Exposure: Our unique sponsorship by Nike provides our athletes with opportunities you simply won't find elsewhere. From exclusive tournaments to high-visibility showcases, our players get to perform on stages that are frequented by college scouts and media.
Cutting-Edge Facilities: At the Berto Center in Deerfield, Illinois, we don't settle for simply practicing; we strive to perfect our craft. This is the former practice facility of the six-time champions, Chicago Bulls. You will have the opportunity to train in an environment specifically designed to foster greatness.
High-Level Competition: You will be part of one of the top 32 girls' basketball programs in the United States, and will compete against the best of the best. This challenging landscape helps cultivate a competitive edge that college scouts love to see.
Holistic Development: It's not all about the game; it's about growing as individuals. Our program emphasizes life skills like leadership, teamwork, and discipline, preparing you not just for the basketball court but for the bigger game of life.
Diverse Talent Pool: Our team is made up of highly skilled individuals from Illinois and the surrounding states, creating a diverse group of players. This diversity brings various play styles and approaches to enrich your learning experience.
Customized Training Programs: Every athlete is different, and our coaches recognize that. We offer personalized training regimens that focus on your unique strengths and weaknesses.
Community and Family: When you put on a Midwest Elite jersey, you join a program that supports each other through ups and downs. We celebrate our victories together and learn from our defeats, making us more than just a team—we're a family.