Our Mission is to offer completely FREE basketball clinics for young adults that focus on improving both basketball and life skills while enhancing their understanding of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.
About our camps
847 Hoops was created by Lake Forest High School basketball coach Darren Barndt and former Lake Forest varsity basketball player and graduate (2005) Aron Khurana in hopes of providing a means for quality basketball instruction for players in 7th & 8th grade. We also strive to use basketball as a vehicle for bringing communities together and creating relationships between people of different race, color, and socio-economic background. School district participation includes Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Zion, North Chicago, Grayslake, Warren, Waukegan and Humboldt Park.
Aron Khurana, Co-founder and Director
Aron Khurana played basketball at Lake Forest High School going to Regional and Secitonal Championships. He was also captain of his team senior year. After graduating in 2005, he left to play basketball at Claremont McKenna College and study economics. He now works for Credit Suisse in their Fixed income Sales and Trading division. His passion for basketball and community development drove him to start 847 Hoops with Darren Barndt in 2011.
Darren Barndt, Co-founder and Director
Darren Barndt is a former varsity basketball coach with over 20 years of coaching experience. He has been teaching and coaching basketball at various levels at Lake Forest High School for 13 years, he is currently the head sophomore coach. Darren received his bachelors degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and his masters from Roosevelt University. He and his wife Brenda have have three boys... Marcus, Michael and Steven and reside in Antioch, IL.
Jordan Nottke was a tri-varsity letter winner and three sport captain in football, basketball, and track at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, OH. His senior year, he led the Pioneers to an undefeated season and the team was named the #1 prep school football team in the country. After graduating in 2006, he went on to study international relations and play football and rugby at Claremont McKenna College. He now works as the Front of the House Manager at Honey Butter Fried Chicken, and actively volunteers at Green City Farmer's Market, where he runs the children's educational program.
Pat Gorand played soccer and volleyball at Lake Forest High School. After graduating in 2005, he went on to play intramural volleyball at The University of Iowa where he earned his B.B.A. in Finance. He now works for as a Financial Advisor to individuals, families, and businesses across the country. He is passionate about teaching basketball and a firm believer that competitive youth sports can help to harvest a positive mental attitude towards life and the classroom.
Alex Lambropoulos was captain of the Lake Forest High School tennis team, leading the team to two Illinois State team titles. After graduating, he played tennis at University of Kentucky, where he received world class coaching from Tennis Hall of Fame coach Dennis Emery in a program that was consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally. The team appeared in the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament in his last two seasons. He is now the Sales & Purchasing Manager at GLC Industries, and is an avid basketball fan with several years of experience in competitive sports.