Jules Cutrara, a 5’5” senior guard at Marian Catholic, has been on the varsity since her freshman season. A Tinley Park resident and Central Middle School graduate, Cutrara missed much of her junior season rehabbing from a torn ACL in her right knee, but she returned late in the regular season and played a handful of games. Cutrara has verbally committed to Indiana Tech and will sign her National Letter of Intent in early February.
What was your reaction to the IHSA news about basketball starting up?
“I was beyond excited to hear that we were going to be able to have a season. A teammate texted me when the news came out that we’d have a season. We were all going crazy on the group chat.”
Through the winter, did you think you’d get a season?
“I was always pretty hopeful. It’s in the back of your mind that it might not happen. The last couple weeks, it was like getting whiplash with it going back and forth, not playing and then playing. I’m definitely happy we’ll be able to play.”
How was it during the last year where gym time wasn’t always available?
“I tried to stay relaxed but still put the work in. You’re not always able to get in the gym, so you try and stay in shape, stay fit and keep working on your skills. You want to stay strong mentally.”
You’ve been a varsity contributor since your freshman year. Has your high school career flown by?
“It has definitely gone by really fast. I’ve only played for two and a half seasons too with the injury. I was heading into junior year when I tore my ACL. I made a jump stop and heard the pop. I felt a pop. People told me ‘Oh, you’ll be fine,’ but I knew something was wrong. The doctor said he didn’t even need to see the MRI. He knew I’d torn the ACL.”
What was the rehab process like?
“I came back late [my junior year] and got to play a little, but I wasn’t really there mentally yet. It was definitely tough. You see the game in different ways and appreciate it more when you’re not playing. The physical therapy, the strength training, it was a lot of work. That’s why I’m looking forward to my senior year. I’m at 100, even 110 percent, to play.”
How special will your senior season, even shortened, be for you?
“I’m so excited. We’ve gotten a couple practices in, and it’s just been forever since I was able to play with these girls. Just being there with the team in the gym, it’s been great. As a senior, I just want to be as hands-on as possible. I did that last year with a young team, but I was off the court. I’ve got to see how it translates on the court.”
When you’re not playing basketball, what are your hobbies?
“I definitely watch a lot of Netflix. This year, I walked around the neighborhood a lot, especially with my friend, Annie. She was basically the only person I came in contact with during the quarantine.”
What are you watching on Netflix?
“My friends make fun of me for it, but I really like ‘The Great British Baking Show.’ I’m not a good baker or a good cook, so they want to know why I watch. I stopped trying with baking. Cookies, brownies, cakes, I burn them all.”
Have you watched “Nailed It” on Netflix? It’s a show about amateur bakers poorly making really fancy desserts.
“I watch it with my siblings, Mira, Kaya and Casper. We watch it every week. We love to watch it. It makes me feel a lot better about when I bake.”
What kind of movies do you like to watch?
“I like thriller movies. My favorite is ‘Silence of the Lambs.’ It’s one of my favorites. I watched it with my mom [Christina] and loved it. I watched it every couple months. Newer horror and thriller movies, they’re too gory. I’m not a bloody movie fan, but I love ‘Silence of the Lambs.’”
Where’s your go-to pizza place?
“Beggar’s Pizza or Lou Malnati’s. I usually get sausage pizza or just plain cheese pizza.”
Do you watch a lot of basketball when you’re not playing?
“I watch college basketball but not a lot of NBA. I don’t always watch games live, but I’ll watch anything on YouTube, lots of game highlights. My favorite right now is Luka Garza and Iowa.”
Is Valentine’s Day a real holiday?
“Yes. I have a big sweet tooth, and I love chocolate. My favorite is probably a Milky Way.”
What’s your favorite holiday?
“Christmas. It’s a perfect time to spend time with family, and I love all the decorations and ugly Christmas sweaters. I got some new AirPods this year for Christmas. I lost the ones I had before.”
Cubs or White Sox?
“I’m a diehard Cubs fan. My dad [Nick] is a huge Cubs fan, and he passed it on to me.
My favorite player is Anthony Rizzo. I’ve got his jersey and everything. I’m a fan through the bad and the good.”
What are you most looking forward to post-pandemic?
“Probably go to a sporting event, a game in a packed gym. Any sport, any team, I don’t care.”
Why is basketball your favorite sport?
“Basketball has always clicked with me. I’ve been playing since I was in kindergarten, and I’ve loved it ever since.
I knew that was the sport I’d keep playing.”