University of Detroit Jesuit basketball program consists of six competitive teams. Teams are selected based on annual tryouts.
There are three Jesuit Academy teams available to 7th and 8th graders (Academy A, Academy B, and Academy C). The teams compete in the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), as well as a number of non-league games and local tournaments. Academy basketball has recently won four CYO city titles.
Our high school basketball teams compete in the Catholic High School League (CHSL) Central Division. The CHSL Central Division is considered by many as one of the most competitive leagues in the state of Michigan and includes rivals Brother Rice, De La Salle, Catholic Central, and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s. In addition to competing in the CHSL, all teams face a rigorous non-league schedule, including teams from throughout Michigan and bordering states. Teams that U of D Jesuit has faced in recent years include perennial powers: St. Edward (Ohio), Chicago Orr (Illinois), St. Ignatius (Ohio), St. John’s (Ohio), Morgan Park (Illinois), Farragut (Illinois), Lawrence North (Indiana), Cass Tech, Renaissance, M.L. King, Romulus, and Ypsilanti.
Our goal is to prepare you for competition at the next level. We think that every player competing in our program through the varsity level can play college basketball. The determination of where, and at what level is dependent on individual objectives and abilities. We set goals to win championships in the process, but your development as a player, teammate, and as a person is paramount to success.
With our objective in mind, we work hard to make college basketball a reality to those wishing to pursue that option. We correspond frequently with college coaches from every level of the NCAA and NAIA to keep them abreast of our players’ accomplishments and attributes. Each year we host coaches from across the country who have an interest in recruiting our student-athletes. Last fall, we hosted coaches from: Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa State, Ohio State, Harvard, Northwestern, Stanford, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Cleveland State, Youngstown State, Kent State, Davidson, University of Detroit Mercy, Eastern Michigan, Saginaw Valley State and Albion, as well as corresponding with hundreds of colleges nationwide.
Currently, we have a number of Cub alumni playing professionally in Slovenia and Japan and collegiately at Michigan State, Illinois, Marquette, Ferris State, Wayne State, Bridgewater College (Virginia), Illinois Tech, Webster (Missouri), and Howard. Current MSU Spartan powerhouse, Cassius Winston ‘16, became the first Cub basketball player to earn Michigan’s Mr. Basketball Award after a dominating career.
Come to U of D Jesuit and help us continue to build a tradition of success, both in the classroom and on the court.