more than just basketball
More than just basketball, Team Thrill is a community devoted to lifting up one another both on the court and in the classroom. Through team-building and fostering a positive group dynamic, coaches help student-athletes understand what it takes to be successful as a team, as an individual, and as a member of the community. Our student-athletes will face obstacles, but Team Thrill will equip them with the life skills needed to success and become productive, respectful gentlemen. Team Thrill’s mission is incorporated into its acronym: T-Teamwork, H-Honor, R-Respect, I-Integrity, L-Loyalty, and L-Leaders. Our student-athletes embrace these concepts and ideals and are mentored to achieve.
Donnell “Mookie” Dobbins is a 2007 graduate of Pikeville College where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Communication and a 2013 graduate of Towson University where he received his Masters Degree in Professional Writing. Being an avid lover and player of the game, he uses his skills and experiences to instill the importance of academic excellence, community commitment, and good sportsmanship. Over the last five (5) years, he has coached and mentored dozens of young athletes in Baltimore City and surrounding areas. He is a very passionate coach whose motivation is driven by his children and his desire to succeed.
Donnell’s responsibilities as Program Director go beyond recruiting and developing talent. He also mentors the adolescent boys and young men in his program. Because of the level of success within his program, he, according to the Buckeye Prep Report, “has built a reputation as one of the most prolific grassroots basketball coaches in the country.” Under his leadership, Team Thrill (formerly known as “Baltimore’s Finest,”) has grown into one of the premier youth programs in the country. The program is currently made up of over 150 student athletes, and continues to grow each year.
As a coach, Donnell’s accomplishments include, but are not limited to 2012-13 Lebron James Shootout Champs Silver Bracket (Class of 2021), 2012-13 Maryland Invitational Tournament Champs (Class of 2021), 2013-14 Maryland State Champs (Class of 2021), 2013-14 Maryland State Champs (Class of 2024), 2013-14 All-Ohio Red Nike Cup Champions (Class of 2021), 2013-14 Maryland Invitational Champions (Class of 2024), 2014-15 AGame Super Shootout Champions (Class of 2021), and 2014-15 AGame Super Shootout Champions (Class of 2024). The 2015-16 season alone, he coached his teams to several victories including: 2015 Baltimore Elite Tourney Champs, 2015 MIT Runner Up (2021), 2015 6th Man Warrior Champs (2021), Basketball Spotlight Runner Up (2021), 2016 NYBL 2nd Place (2021), and 2016 AAU States D1 (2021), 2016 National Champions (Class of 2021 and 2024).
The excitement and passion for the game of basketball is the driving force behind his commitment to the Team Thrill program. He strives to be the best, and challenges the participants of his program to do the same.
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Team Thrill 2025 Black Champions of the Junior Phenom MLK Tournament 2017
More than just basketball!
Team Thrill offers basketball as an alternative while keeping educational achievement as the primary focus for each player. Team Thrill’s supportive coaches and mentors have an immediate impact on their development as student athletes and a long term impact on them as individuals.
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