JULY 30, 2021
Jericho Sims ’17 makes history for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in being the 58th pick for the New York Knicks in the 2021 NBA Draft. He will be the first alumni of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School to become a professional athlete and will be the first NBA player from the national Cristo Rey Network.
Sims once dominated the high school basketball court for Cristo Rey before playing for the University of Texas as an interior defender. He averaged more than 9 points and 7 rebounds a game in the 2020-21 season and led the Texas Longhorns to their first Big 12 Tournament Title. With his 44.5-inch max vertical, the NBA scouts took notice of the Minnesota native.
“Jericho is a fantastic athlete and also a wonderful person,” said his high school coach, Stan Clay. “He is great on defense, and he has the jumping ability for the NBA. I know him to be very thoughtful and intelligent as well, and I think his resilience will help him continue to be successful in his career.”
Growing up, Sims was quiet and often had his nose in a book. He became interested in attending Cristo Rey for the corporate work study program and was known by his teachers for both his athleticism and great personality.
“Our goal at Cristo Rey is to help students unlock their potential,” said President Jeb Myers of Cristo Rey in Minneapolis. “Jericho worked hard for years, and his dedication is paying off. We are very excited for his career and thrilled to see him continue to grow both on and off the court.”
Not known for their athletic prowess, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School is part of a network of schools providing quality education to prepare students from families of limited economic means for a college education. As his hard work pays off, Sims is an example of the Cristo Rey’s mission to transform communities and lead their students toward successful careers.
Read about Sims' college and basketball success in an article published earlier this spring.