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Fremd Feeder

Welcome to the Fremd Feeder Basketball Program

Fremd Feeder Basketball Program is designed to prepare young basketball players to play High School Basketball at Fremd. The organization provides instruction, practices and competitive basketball training to prepare young boys from fifth through eighth grade. This is a non-for-profit program. The philosophy is to teach the fundamentals of the game at an elevated level and foster a love of basketball in a competitive environment.


2022-23 Fremd Feeder Evaluations

No fee due at time of registration



2022-2023 SEASON DETAILS: 

Fremd Feeder is available to A, B & C Level players at each grade level.  There will be no more than 10 kids per team. Evaluations will be on October 30th and November 6th with rosters by November 7th. There will be practice twice a week at Fremd High School with practice schedules being posted once rosters are assigned. NEW THIS YEAR we will also have games on select Saturdays at Fremd High School, admission free!


Register online for evaluations there is no fee due at this time until your son is placed on a roster.  Once your son is placed on a team you will re-register them to pay the team fee. There will be no cuts, but players will be selected on A or B or C teams, when making rosters there will be no more than 10 players on a team.

Location of Evaluations: Fremd High School - 1000 S Quentin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067

Evaluation #1

Evaluation #2

Sunday, October 30th

  • 4th & 5th Grade: 2:00-3:00pm
  • 6th Grade: 3:00-4:00pm
  • 7th Grade: 4:00-5:00pm
  • 8th Grade: 5:00-6:00pm

Sunday, November 6th

  • 4th & 5th Grade: 2:00-3:00pm
  • 6th Grade: 3:00-4:00pm
  • 7th Grade: 4:00-5:00pm
  • 8th Grade: 5:00-6:00pm


The Fremd Feeder program prides itself on our coaching staff.  With their basketball experience and overall knowledge of the game we believe they can make all players experience a positive one.  Each team will have a head coach and possibly an assistant coach.  Each coach will be in contact with the team on a weekly basis addressing practices, games, and tournament schedules.


  • Coach Dennis Kessel: I was inducted into the Illinois Boys Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007. I currently run an AAU program called Kessel Heat since 1999. For ALL of you basketball fans, I have also trained Bill Cartwrights daughter and John Paxon son. And in 2011 the Chicago Bulls contacted me about working with their team to breakdown and analyze their players shots.
  • Coach Luke Schoffstall:  I played basketball for Fremd High School. In 2017 we were 4th in state, and I was the starting point guard. I also played soccer for Fremd and in 2013 we were 3rd in state. I graduated from Illinois State University and am a Social Studies teacher at Warren High School. I look forward to a great feeder season!



  • Coach Kevin Walsh:  Returning for year 2 with Fremd Feeder……graduate of St Viator High School, 2 time all area and conference MVP as a senior, went to Eckerd college in St Petersburg, Florida. Over 1000 points scored in 3 seasons, All-time record holder for 3 pointers made in a career and single season. Previous coaching experience at St. Viator High School, Ignite Hoops, and Kessel Heat.
  • Coach Andrew Zelis: I've played basketball since I was 6 years old. I went to high school at Wheaton North, I was one of only 13 players nominated to be a McDonald's All-American. I played in the City-Suburban All-Star game and the North vs West Side All-Star game, and accepted a D1 scholarship to Stetson University. Coming into my freshman year at Stetson, College Sports Madness had me as the Atlantic Sun Preseason Freshman of the Year. After a year, I transferred to a Jr College (Kaskaskia College) where I was the #2 Juco center in the country and the overall #2 Juco prospect in Illinois. I was offered a scholarship by dozens of schools nationally and chose to stay close to home at Northern Illinois University.  At NIU, we were one of the last 8 teams in the country to be undefeated in my first year there, eventually going to the quarterfinals of the MAC Conference and playing in a post-season tournament in Vegas. I was a key contributor prior to tearing my ACL and meniscus right before my senior season. I'm excited to step into the world of coaching now that I've taken a few years away from the game, and to help kids develop into the player they want to be. I want to help kids achieve the dream of playing D1 hoops like I was able to do, and I know the hard work and mindset it takes to both get there and have success once there. I'll do my best to instill those values through my coaching, making the game fun as it should be while bringing intensity and focus to practices and games. 
  • Coach Ryan Kutsor: My name is Ryan Kutsor. I’m 22 years old, I grew up and currently live in Lake Zurich, and recently graduated from Indiana University. I played for Lake Zurich High School and was a two-year captain for the varsity team. I also played for Kessel Heat year-round in middle and high school. My coaching career involves coaching for Kessel Heat fall league teams, Lake Zurich high school summer youth camps, and individual private skills training. I’m excited to get to work with my team this season and see what progress we can make as a team and see individual player progress as well. 


Each team will have practice twice a week at Fremd High School. Each schedule will be given once rosters are posted


NEW THIS YEAR we will have games on select Saturdays at Fremd High School, admission free! Teams will also be playing all games on the weekends with select games during the week verse other feeder teams. Tournaments will be throughout the months of December, January, and February. Please note that exact game times for most tournaments do not come out until the middle of the week for that weekend of play. All game times will be posted in the Game Changer App once received from the tournament directors. Please note that most tournaments that we will participate in will charge a spectator entry fee. A tournament schedule will be given once rosters are posted.


Our mission is to develop each and every player in the Fremd Feeder program.  Each kid will play in the first half and the 2nd half.  The last 5 minutes it's up to the coach’s discretion on who he decides will play in the end of the game.  Please respect the coach’s decisions.  If you have an issue with anything, please approach the coach in a timely and respectable manner.  If it is something, you would rather talk to me about then please email me at  

PAYMENT:  $850 *Includes New Uniform (All players will get a new uniform 22-23 season)

Payment Plan Breakdown

  • $220 at time of registration
  • $210 on December 15th
  • $210 on January 15th
  • $210 on February 15th

The price above includes team play, tournaments, and practice jersey. All Checks will be made payable to Kessel's Training, or we will also have a link to pay online with options to pay in full or payment plan. We do offer payment plans if needed; arrangements must be made directly with Kyle Kessel 847-406-7989 or

We are very excited to work with your son in the near future and look forward to a successful Winter basketball season!


  • “After having all of my kids play for Kessel Heat we as a family can’t be happier with our children’s development. The program focuses on four key aspects for development ball handling, passing, defense, and speed of play. All of my kids have really enjoyed working with different coaches and trainers from the Kessel Heat program.” – Rick Schoffstall
  • “My two sons both started with Kessel basketball in 5th grade. They learned the game the right way from Kyle Kessel and his coaches. Fundamentals, defense and teamwork are the princeples heavily stressed by the Kessel staff. In my opinion, there is no better teacher of the game at this level than Illinois Coaching Hall of Famer, Coach Dennis Kessel. He works on skills in practice and stresses those same skills in the game. My son’s now play basketball at Fremd High School and they hold those same principles to this day. If your child is serious about getting better at basketball and learning from the top coaches in Illinois, I would strongly recommend the Kessel program. – Keith Martin
  • “My three boys (age 15, 15, and 12) have been enrolled in the Kessel year round basketball program for the past eight years. Under Kyle’s and Dennis’s tutelage, as well as other NCAA certified coaches within the Kessel program, my sons have developed basketball skills and knowledge that have allowed them to successfully compete both at the grade school and high school levels. I have found the Kessel program to be not only large enough to accommodate and teach basketball fundamentals to both the recreational and advanced player, but also small enough to where you and your child are treated like family. The Kessel program has provided the stability, quality coaching and encouragement for a young player to develop his or her basketball skills to its potential. It is up to the individual player, through dedication and practice, as to which level he or she wants to compete as a basketball player.” – Andrew Smyros