South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Team Earns National Ranking in Pre-Season NJCAA Division II Poll

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The South Suburban College (SSC) Men’s Basketball Team has secured a notable fifth-place national ranking, as indicated by the Pre-Season Poll of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II. As they prepare for the 2023-24 season, the Bulldogs schedule will include seven teams ranked in the top 20.

The Bulldogs will kick off the upcoming season on Wednesday, November 1st, with a home game against Trinity Christian (JV) at 7:00 p.m. Under the guidance of Coach Pigatti, who enters his 18th season, the Bulldogs are steadfast in pursuing their 13th Region IV title. In 2022, the team made history as the sole undefeated team to win a National Championship. The 2023-24 roster features Jemel Jones, the nation’s leading returning scorer, alongside eight players hailing from the northwest Indiana and southern Chicago suburbs.

To learn more about SSC’s Athletic Program, please get in touch with Athletic Director Steve Ruzich at or call (708) 596-2000, ext. 5843. SSC’s primary campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois, with its Oak Forest Center extension located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois.

A Photo of the 2023-2024 South Suburban College Men's Basketball Team

PICTURED: The 2023-2024 South Suburban College Men’s Basketball Team.