Playing hard, playing smart, and playing together is what South Kent School Basketball is all about. We create offense from our defense and look to score early and often. We run the floor and always look to make the extra pass. We play as a team and win as a team.
We prepare these young men for the challenges of competing in Division I collegiate basketball. Keeping that in mind, we run every aspect of our program as such and the members of the program are provided quality instruction with access to excellent facilities. Practices, individual instruction and strength and conditioning programs are conducted at the highest levels.
Our student-athletes are challenged daily and improve dramatically on and off the court. Our goal is to continue to produce high level student-athletes who care deeply about the game, their teammates and the world.
Coach Chillious returns to South Kent School after a number of years coaching at the collegiate level. Chillious' first term at South Kent School was from 2003-2008, during which time he was the architect of the School’s basketball program and the driving force behind its rise to national prominence. He lead the early Prep Basketball teams to national rankings every year of his tenure, reaching as high as #4 in the ‘03-’04 school year. Chillious has a proven track record of recruiting and developing high performance talent, with 17 of those players making it to the NBA, including South Kent School alumni Jack McClinton ’04, Dorell Wright ’04, Andre Blatche ’05, Isaiah Thomas ’08, and Dion Waiters '10. He also coached Josh Boone and recruited/developed #1 draft pick Markelle Fultz, Dejounte Murray, Terrence Ross, Marquise Chriss, Quincy Pondexter, CJ Wilcox, Matisse Thybulle, Ryan Archidiacano, Darrun Hillard, and Justin Holliday as a collegiate assistant coach.
After South Kent School, Chillious held several high profile collegiate coaching positions including the University of Washington from 2009-2012 and 2013-2017. He helped the Huskies earn the 2010 and 2011 Pac-10 Tournament Championship, 2011-12 Pac-12 Regular Season Championship and advance in the NCAA tournament in 2010 and to a Sweet Sixteen berth in 2011.
Between years at Washington he spent one season at Villanova under Head Coach Jay Wright where he helped recruit several players that would eventually win the 2016 NCAA Title.
From 2017-2018 he returned east to work with the University of Connecticut as the Associate Head Coach where the 2018 recruiting class was ranked #22 in the country. Most recently, Chillious was the Associate Head Coach at East Carolina University from 2018 until he returned to the Cardinals.
Coach Chillious’ coaching pedigree is exemplified by the fact that each collegiate Head Coach he has worked for has either won the NCAA National Championship as either an Assistant or as a Head Coach.
Associate Head Basketball Coach
Elijah, an Oxon Hill, Maryland native, begins his first year as Associate Head Basketball Coach at South Kent School for the 2021-22 school year.
Elijah’s previous roles include: assistant basketball coach, Salisbury University under Josh Merkel; assistant coach at Georgetown Preparatory School for boys and assistant coach and administrator for the DC Blue Devils. He helped coach more than 15 division 1 players during his time at these institutions.
In 2015, he was the video and academic coordinator for Texas A&M Corpus Christi under Willis Wilson. In his lone season there, the school won a record 27 games.
Following Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Elijah was the graduate assistant/video coordinator for the University of Connecticut (UCONN), where he worked under South Kent School Head Coach, Raphael Chillious. After one season, Elijah took a one-year internship with the Portland Trailblazers' front office and basketball operations staff. While in Portland, he was responsible for player intel, video scouting and managing the directors’ and general managers’ salary cap books and boards.
Elijah earned a BA in Communications and a MA in Post-Secondary Education from Salisbury University.
Assistant Basketball Coach
Jonathan has a BS in Recreation and Leisure and is working on his Master of Science in Sport Management from Southern Connecticut State University where he has also been employed as Assistant Equipment Manager.