Boys Basketball

About Boys Basketball

Lake Bluff has a 7th and 8th Grade Interscholastic Boys basketball program that competes in the Lakeside Athletic Conference. The team of 12-15 boys have numerous 3rd place finishes, but still wait patiently to bring a championship banner to the rafters at LBMS.


The season begins immediately following the fall sports tournaments in late October or early November and finshes just before the Holiday Break. The season usually culminates with a conference tournament. The boys teams will play a minimum of 11 regular season games and then enter the win or go home tournament at the end of the year.

Tryout Information

Teams for the 2019 Season have been selected. 8th Grade Players were notified at Friday's tryout whether or not they made the team. 7th Grade Players were given numbers by Coach Ellis during the tryout. The players selected to the team are listed below by number. 

  1. 718
  2. 904
  3. 748
  4. 884
  5. 753
  6. 410
  7. 678
  8. 344
  9. 198
  10. 867
  11. 372
  12. 379

Please know that the tryout process is an extremely challenging one and Coaches Ellis and Williams value the hard work and effort that all players put into the process. If any player is seeking additional feedback, please don't hesitate to speak with your Coach.


Dan Williams ( coaches the 8th Grade boys team. He’s coached the Bobcats for 7 years. Prior to that he coached in Chicago as ASPIRA Haugan Middle School and in Fort Collins, CO with St. Joseph Catholic School. Born and raised in Minnesota, Coach Williams preaches a mantra of “Toughness.” Physical toughness to overcome adversity, but more importantly, mental toughness, as he works to build young men with strong character, and then allows that to translate into high level basketball and life.

Arick Ellis ( coaches the 7th Grade boys team. Off and on he’s coached in a variety of roles for the Bobcats for 15+ years. Coach Ellis also works hand in hand with Lake Forest feeder program, providing a welcome transition for many of the players who plan to continue their basketball career up the road at LFHS. His wealth of knowledge and coaching experience produce smart, hard working, tough teams to beat. Coach Ellis also places a high emphasis on developing character in the young men he coaches, and challenges his teams to win both on and off the court.

Boys Basketball Coaches

Mr. Arick Ellis

4th Grade Teacher

Mr. Dan Williams