After spending the early years of his childhood just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina, Georgetown Prep guard Trystan Pratapas, then 11 years old, and his family moved to Toronto when his father took a job there. Pratapas spent the next three years in Toronto playing for AAU team CIA Bounce, which has produced the likes of Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins, Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett.
His father, Chris, coached in the CIA Bounce program and saw Canadians moving to the United States for better basketball opportunities, so the Pratapas family moved back across the border.
He spent his freshman season at John Carroll School in Bel Air, 20 miles north of Baltimore, but it just wasn’t the correct fit for the 6-foot-4 guard, so late last summer, Pratapas decided to transfer to Georgetown Prep after visiting several area private schools.
The sharpshooting guard has adjusted well to playing under Coach Herb Krusen, and is averaging a team-high 18.2 points per game through five games.
“Having Anthony Bennett close out on you on the perimeter can only make you better,” said Chris Pratapas of his son’s short stint with CIA Bounce. “I always played Trystan up to make him better. He started playing at a young age and has always been able to shoot it.”
Krusen and Pratapas’s father both spent time at Wake Forest making the transition a tad easier for the sophomore lefty. Krusen was an assistant coach at Wake Forest during his 17-year college coaching career and Pratapas’ father was a quarterback at Wake Forest in the late 80s.
According to Krusen, Pratapas is the best shooter he’s had the opportunity to have under his tutelage on the college or high school level in 30-plus years of coaching.
“He spends a lot of time in the gym and he started at a young age with his dad,” Krusen said. “He’s got a beautiful form, a beautiful arc and it comes off his hands the same pretty much every time. The kid gets a lot of shots up.”
Chris Pratapas watched shooting videos of Ray Allen, Reggie Miller and Larry Bird to teach his son the proper shooting techniques growing up. Today, the left-handed sophomore has one of the sweetest strokes you will ever see and is receiving interest from Illinois, Loyola (Md.) and Bucknell after spending the summer with the D.C. Blue Devils.
He gets 350 shots every day, even on days he practices, but the young guard knows he has areas of his game to improve on to play on the next level.
“I have to get better defensively, in my ball handling and creating off the dribble,” Pratapas said. “If I’m just a set shooter, guys can key on me and make me put it on the floor. I have to continue to work on my ball handling.”
As the season pace begins to pick up, Pratapas said he’s found a permanent home at the Bethesda school.
“I love this school a lot, I’m planning on staying here the next three years.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 6
The number of three-pointers Georgetown Prep guard Trystan Pratapas has knocked down in two separate games. He hit four three-pointers in a 67-63 win over Good Counsel and poured in a season-high 28 points.
– Towson senior left tackle Eric Pike (Duval) earned Football Championship Series all-America honors and will captain the Tigers in a third-round matchup against Eastern Illinois on Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2
– This weekend the Robinson Rams wrestling team, which has two state titles in three years, will take the national stage at the Walsh Iron Man national tournament in Ohio.
– Defending NVSHL ice hockey champions Briar Woods got a much needed addition in the net after losing a goalie to graduation and another to a move.
VIDEO OF THE DAY:
With the snow and postponements hopefully behind us, watch the video below for a tutorial in submitting top plays for the 2013-14 basketball season.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
In arguably the biggest boys basketball matchup of the young season the No. 1 Paul VI boys travel to the District to face No. 2 St. John’s in a battle of WCAC powers. Expect this game to reach capacity, so get there early. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.