Varsity Basketball builds impressively on its winning tradition

Nicolas Figueroa Valenzuela ’18

Houston is home to just over 2.2 million people, and Strake Jesuit offers a student body and staff as bright and culturally diverse as its city. SJ is comprised of the best and brightest from across the city.

Students and educators alike all cherish what Strake Jesuit has to offer: an incredible academic and spiritual education that can take its students anywhere in life. Serving this educational mission is our athletic program, second to none.

Consider, for example, the Strake Jesuit basketball program, a staple of this school almost from the very beginning. Finding its humble beginnings in the gymnasium we now know as the Dining Hall, SJ Basketball has found an honored place in our community.

This program has attracted and created star athletes, most notably: Tim Frazier, Rasheed Sulaimon, John Gillon, and Jake Voskuhl. SJ basketball has produced over 27 collegiate athletes since 2001. In the ’10-’11 season, SJ finished with a 26-4 record and finished ranked #10 in the state. In the ’11-’12 season SJ again finished with an impressive 26-4 record and was ranked in the top 40 nationally. The team finished as bi-district finalists from ’12 -’15 seasons. SJ basketball has an overall record of 255-155-0 in the UIL. It’s legacy and culture are now under the expert care of Head Basketball Coach Dominic Amorosa.

This year’s team promises to be very special. Players like Senior Jordan Pride (6’1″) and Senior Mike Donlon (6’9″) look to advance the Strake Jesuit tradition of top-notch high school basketball. Capable of playing both guard positions, Jordan is in his third year on Varsity. His strengths include his defense and his ability to attack the basket. Sophomore Thomas Gordon (6’4) is coming off an impressive football season as Tight End as he looks to make a strong contribution to the basketball team a well.

Last year’s team finished with a 17-15-0 overall record and finished 10-5-0 in our district. This year’s team currently boasts an 8-4 record. District play begins December 20 against Morton Ranch at home. See you there!