Do you want to know what it’s like to score 1,000 points in your varsity basketball career? Yeah, me too. I don’t know how to tell people what it would be like, but Tristan Wissemann of the Shelter Island Indians would. Tristan scored his 1,000th point on Jan. 2, 2016, in a game against the East Rockaway Rocks. I was there along with Henry, my brother Lucas and his JV basketball team, my parents, my cousin, Tristan’s parents, my godmother, some players from last year’s team and lots of other Shelter Island residents who made the two-hour trip. When it happened, people went crazy! They paused the game for a little while, and they cheered for him. His coach, Coach Jay Card, gave him the game ball. People took photos, and then it was back to the game.
Tristan scored a lot of points that game, which he always does. I think he’s that good because he practices all the time. He is even playing basketball in the gym before school starts. I asked him a few questions:
What advice would you give to a 10-year-old basketball player?
He said, “Be a gym rat and always keep love for the game.” His favorite team is the Knicks, and his favorite players are Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks.
When you grow up and play for the NBA, what team do you want to play for?
He said, “The Knicks sound good.”
What else do you like to do for fun besides basketball?
He said, “I hang out with friends, watch basketball and football, and read.”
Not only is he a good basketball player, but he also seems like a nice person. He is friendly to people and is nice to the younger players. My brother Lucas, who plays on the JV team says, “He is a good coach at the Saturday scrimmages and he supports the JV team.”
Tristan plans to go to SUNY New Paltz when he graduates. I think we’ll see him in the NBA someday.