Strake Jesuit Basketball is a program that has many years of pride and tradition. The Program Mission of all involved with Strake Jesuit Basketball is that they be committed to success spiritually, educationally and athletically. In achieving the parameters of that success, there is an acknowledgment that the world outside the gymnasium is where true success and fulfillment can be found.
The basketball program here at Strake Jesuit has consistently sent players to varying collegiate levels of competition, from NAIA up to NCAA Division I. The Varsity program has been ranked by ESPN, the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, the Houston Chronicle and numerous other recognitions by area news media. The program philosophy looks to instill a fundamentally sound competitive program from the freshman level up. Approximately 60 talented student-athletes participate each year on 1 of 5 teams that the program offers, which are; Varsity, Junior Varsity, Sophomore, Freshmen Green, and Freshmen White.
The “Fighting Crusaders” were the first ever private school basketball program in Texas to compete in U.I.L. district play on January 3rd, 2004 in 19-5A. The program had its’ most exciting historical campaign in ‘08-‘09 with an undefeated regular season, repeating District Champions, Region III 5A Champions and a 5A State Tournament Semi-Final appearance in Austin.
The ’09-’10 program made the run for State again with a 2nd place finish in district and a return to the Region III semi-finals in defense of their title. In their ’10-’11 season, the Crusaders would secure another district title as Champions of 19-5A and bi-district finalists. This coming season, the Crusaders look to make another playoff run while playing a rigorous travel and district 19-5A schedule.
Pre-season 45 minute athletic basketball P.E. workouts for all returning players begin in mid-August. The focuses in workouts are; fundamental skills, concepts, conditioning, and weight training to further develop the player.
Tryouts for the program’s teams start in late October and early November.