The Definitive History of De Smet Jesuit Basketball and all 50+ of its Varsity Basketball Teams and Seasons since the founding of De Smet Jesuit High School. This book, which took 18 months to compile and write, draws on meticulous research and written contributions from more than 50 former players, all six of De Smet’s varsity basketball coaches, and many others. It is a landmark celebration of De Smet’s storied basketball program and tradition, featuring extensive interviews, analysis big and small, and reflections by dozens of Spartan basketballers, with some humor to boot. Containing more than 250 pages, nearly 1,000 photographs, 40,000+ words of narrative, and reams of statistics, it is likely the best history of an American high school basketball program that you will ever see in your lifetime!
"I have been a fan of De Smet Jesuit varsity basketball since its first game in 1969, when I was a young Jesuit serving as De Smet's principal. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to learn that a commemorative history of the program was in the works. Lo and behold, the finished product has lived up to, and even exceeded my expectations. It brings back some fond memories, and highlights the considerable achievements of the Spartan basketball program, with a truly stunning combination of comprehensiveness and detail."
- Fr. Ralph Houlihan, S.J.
Principal of De Smet Jesuit High School (1969-1974)
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