Gonzaga comes into the 33rd Annual Gonzaga DC Classic as the tournament’s reigning champion. In last year’s championship game, they knocked off nationally ranked St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.) 59-56! The team will once again play a national schedule that includes tournaments in Atlanta (Hoops Giving), Chicago (Chicago Elite Classic), Baltimore (The Carmelo Anthony Classic), and New York (The Jumpman Holiday Classic). Coach Steve Turner, now in his 19th season as head coach has a record of (414-154). His Eagles are coming off an 18-12 season which saw them lose in the semifinals of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) tournament to eventual champion Paul VI. Gonzaga graduated six seniors and has a team that returns five members from last year’s group. Only three of the five saw significant playing time last season. Turner says that he will rely on those three, 6’7” wing forward Thomas Batties (a Harvard commit), 6’2” Nykolas Lewis, a top 25 sophomore point guard nationally, and 6’6” power forward Daniel Holmes, a four–star football recruit, to guide and lead his talented but young team this season. Coach also expects big contributions from senior wing guard Ryan Sabol who returns to Eye Street after spending a year at Bullis in Potomac Md., and sophomore shooting guard Derek Dixon who can really fill it up from the three-point line. Lastly, Coach says that you should expect to see the emergence of senior guard Jack Cadin, sophomore wing forward Alex Touomou, and sophomore wing guard William Harper. As always, the Eagles will play in the WCAC - the best high school basketball conference in the country. They will play games in their own conference against nationally ranked Paul VI, DeMatha, St. John’s, and O’Connell. The team will have an early national test against #1 ranked Roselle Catholic at Christmas in the inaugural Jumpman Holiday Classic. They will also play non-conference games locally against Georgetown Prep and St. Andrew’s.
The oldest all-boys school in Washington, DC, Gonzaga has a rich legacy that stretches back 200 years. Over the course of that history, Gonzaga has demonstrated and reaffirmed a deep commitment to Jesuit education. And it has
chosen to do so in the heart of the inner city—on a street shared with leaders of business and government, and on a block where it ministers to the least fortunate in society.
At times, our location was seen as a liability. But the decision to remain on Eye Street was driven by the recognition that where we are plays a major role in shaping who we are. Today, Gonzaga’s downtown location is one of the many
reasons for our success. Three blocks from the Metro and the main railway line at Union Station, Gonzaga draws students from all over the Washington area. Our location also reinforces our commitment to service.
Located on Gonzaga’s campus, The Father McKenna Center is a Catholic social service agency serving men struggling with homelessness as well as very low income families.
With a total enrollment of 960, Gonzaga annually awards over $4 million in financial aid to over 35% of its students. Learning opportunities abound on Eye Street through the availability of over 100 honors and AP sections, and our students are well prepared for college and beyond. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of athletics and other extra-curricular activities. With 18 sports offered, and 41 athletic teams, more than 80% of our students participate in a sport each year. Gonzaga also produces two large-scale theater productions annually and offers opportunities to take part in multiple musical groups – including a chorus, jazz ensemble and winds ensemble. Our commitment to spirituality and social service is realized annually by over 700 students who participate in Kairos and other class retreats, and through over 20,000 student hours spent in service locally, nationally, and internationally.
Through religious studies, retreats, opportunities for prayer, and service, Gonzaga seeks to help students answer these questions – as well as the three pivotal questions of St. Ignatius: “What have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What will I do for Christ?” The answers to these questions, central to Jesuit spirituality, are the four-year quest of a Gonzaga student- a quest which then continues for life.
|11/25/2022||Pebblebrook (GA)||Away (Atlanta Hoops Giving)|
|11/26/2022||Etowah (GA)||Away (Atlanta Hoops Giving)|
|12/3/2022||St. Ignatius (IL)||Away (Chicago Elite Classic)|
|12/9/2022||Friendship Tech-Prep (DC)||Home (DC Classic)|
|12/10/2022||TBD||Home (DC Classic)|
|12/11/2022||TBD||Home (DC Classic)|
|12/27/2022||Hudson Catholic (NJ)||Away (Jumpman Holiday Classic)|
|12/28/2022||Roselle Catholic (NJ)||Away (Jumpman Holiday Classic)|
|12/29/2022||Reading (PA)||Away (Jumpman Holiday Classic)|
|1/2/2023||St. Mary's Annapolis||Away|
|1/12/2023||St. Mary's Ryken||Away|
|1/16/2023||Woodside (VA)||Away (DTLR MLK Classic)|
|1/22/2023||John Paul The Great||Away|
|2/4/2023||St Frances||Away (Carmelo Anthony Classic)|