• Clayton Custer & Zoie Miller Named Inaugural National Jesuit Basketball Players of the Year

    Congratulations to Clayton Custer of Loyola Chicago and Zoie Miller of Loyola New Orleans! Click here to learn more about the inaugural National Jesuit Basketball Players of the Year.

  • Celebrating excellence on and off the court

    The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight (JBS) is a program developed by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) in 2008 to bring greater awareness of Jesuit education and its shared mission through the more than 80 games played by men's and women's basketball teams every season. The nation's 28 Jesuit colleges and universities are part of a global network of 189 institutions of higher learning that are rooted in the traditions of academic excellence, service, and a faith that does justice.

     

    Today, Jesuit institutions boast over 2 million living alumni across the world, including 10% of the United States Congress and basketball legends Bob Cousy (College of the Holy Cross), Patrick Ewing (Georgetown University), Bill Russell (University of San Francisco) and John Stockton (Gonzaga University).

     

    There are a number of ways that institutions can support and promote the JBS program, including:

    • Playing the JBS video during game breaks or half-time, or posting it on athletic websites
    • Broadcasting a game-time announcement about Jesuit higher education in the United States
    • Promoting the National Jesuit Basketball Player of the Week selections
    • Hosting a clothing / food drive before game-time in partnership with a local charity
    • Hosting a pre-game reception with Jesuits

    The possibilities are endless! Contact the AJCU office with any questions: (202) 862-9893 or jesuitbasketball@ajcunet.edu.

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  • RECENT JBS PRESS COVERAGE

    Highlights from the 2017-18 season:

  • National Jesuit Player of the Week (NJPW)

    Every week, we recognize the contributions of our men's and women's basketball players both on and off the court. Click on the links below for all NJPW selections for the 2017-18 season:
     
    November 21, 2017: Men's | Women's, November 28, 2017: Men's | Women's, December 5, 2017: Men's | Women's, December 12, 2017: Men's | Women's, December 19, 2017: Men's | Women's, January 9, 2018: Men's | Women's, January 16, 2018: Men's | Women's, January 23, 2018: Men's | Women's, January 30, 2018: Men's | Women's, February 6, 2018: Men's | Women's, February 13, 2018: Men's | Women's, February 20, 2018: Men's | Women's, February 27, 2018: Men's | Women's, March 6, 2018: Men's | Women's, March 13, 2018: Men's | Women's, March 20, 2018: Men's | Women's, March 27, 2018: Men's | Women's

  • Purchase the 2017-18 Jesuit Basketball Spotlight Poster!

    For bulk orders, please write to jesuitbasketball@ajcunet.edu.

  • 2018 Jesuit Basketball Spotlight Week of Service

    The first week of January was a highlight of the 2017-18 Jesuit basketball season: across the country, student-athletes participated in the inaugural Jesuit Basketball Spotlight Week of Service. We are grateful for the leadership of the athletic directors from D-II, D-III and NAIA Jesuit schools, who collaborated with each other to make this initiative possible. Learn more about the JBS Week of Service in this video featuring Rev. Dennis Baker, S.J., president of Xavier High School in Micronesia, and Jesuit basketball fan.

    SPRING HILL COLLEGE

    On December 29, Spring Hill College's men's and women's basketball teams held free basketball clinics on campus for students who are members of local inner-city YMCA centers in Mobile, AL. Participants attended a 2-hour skills clinic and then attended either the men's or women's team practice. An autograph session was held in conjunction with each event. Participants also heard from head coaches about the value of a Jesuit education. All participants, and their families, were given free admission to the men's and women's basketball doubleheader on Saturday, December 30, where they were recognized during half-time.

    JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY

    The John Carroll University (JCU) men's and women’s basketball programs collaborated with St. Martin De Porres High School in Cleveland, OH to promote the Jesuit mission of the University. On January 3, the women's team hosted a number of events for students, including a joint shoot-around and Q&A with the JCU coaches and players prior to a matchup against Heidelberg that evening. On January 6, the men’s program held a clinic for St. Martin De Porres students, and invited them to join the team for their pregame Mass in the JCU chapel before a game versus Capital.

    REGIS UNIVERSITY

    On January 3, the Regis University women’s basketball team made their second annual trip to the Denver Children’s Hospital, where they spent time visiting and sharing stories with patients and their families. Patients even had the opportunity to receive autographs and take selfies with the players! The Children’s Hospital is especially important to the team as a former player now works there as a nurse. The hospital also provides an internship for members of the team who desire to pursue a career in medicine. On January 9, the Regis men’s basketball team spent a day with students at nearby Centennial Elementary School as a part of the University's ongoing service to the community. Teammates were organized into small groups to lead basketball drills in the gym, followed by story-reading and assisting inside the school's classrooms.

    LE MOYNE COLLEGE

    On January 4, Le Moyne College hosted two teams from the Central NY Unified Sports Basketball league, to play a league game featuring Le Moyne athletes serving as referees, assistant coaches, and scorers table assigners. Unified Sports is an international program within the World Special Olympics that serves individuals with intellectual disabilities. Le Moyne athletes led skills drills programs during an extended half-time, and conducted video in-game interviews with the players, much like in a professional basketball setting. The day concluded with a pizza party for the special-needs athletes and their families. They were invited back to to a home game on January 6, where they were introduced at half time as special guests of Le Moyne. The video and interviews were played on Le Moyne's video board to help fans learn more about Unified Sports and the events on January 4.

    ROCKHURST UNIVERSITY

    On January 5, the Rockhurst University men's and women's basketball teams hosted a free basketball clinic for children from Kansas City, MO. It included photos and autograph sessions with both teams. The following day, all participants were invited back to campus to attend a men's and women's double-header.

    LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS

    On January 5, Loyola University New Orleans hosted 30 students from The Good Shepherd School for an afternoon clinic featuring Loyola's men's and women's basketball players. The Good Shepherd School (GSS) was founded by Rev. Harry Tompson, S.J., former pastor of Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church in New Orleans. In the Jesuit tradition, GSS seeks to help low-income, urban youth in order to realize their fullest potential as productive members of society by providing them with an extended-day, year-round, quality education, integrated with personal, moral and spiritual development.

    UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON

    The University of Scranton's men’s and women’s basketball teams conducted a free basketball clinic and autograph session in conjunction with their doubleheader against Elizabethtown on January 6. The clinic was conducted in the morning, followed immediately by autograph sessions after their respective games.