Sumner senior Tristan Pearson mans the middle for 2A Spartans

Beyond the Athlete: Post provides boost despite being undersized

of the HeraldFebruary 26, 2014 

Sumner High School senior Tristan Pearson doesn’t let his stature get in his way. The 6-foot-2 post battles with players several inches taller than he is on a nightly basis.

Sumner boys basketball head coach Brett McDaniel said earlier this month that Pearson plays like a 7-footer.

Pearson credits his teammates for their success.

“We have that family bond,” he said. “It’s really good for our team because we know we can trust someone to be there for rebound, trust that someone is going to set the screen for another guy. It really helps us out on the court. If I get stuck down there (in the post), I know I can get the ball out to Keenen (Jackson), Riley (Bruil) for an outside shot. We also have Seth (Carnahan) and Luc (Powers-Hubbard) crashing down on the boards.”

The Spartans won the South Puget Sound League 2A regular-season title.

“Last year we made it to state-regionals,” Pearson said. “Hopefully we can get further this year and get to the (state tournament at the Yakima Valley SunDome),” he said. “We can do it if we keep playing as a team and play our game.”

The Herald recently asked Pearson a few questions about his life away from the basketball court.

The Herald: What is your favorite movie of all time?

Tristan Pearson: “Coach Carter.” It’s a good basketball story. It’s just a good movie.

TH: What is your favorite hobby away from basketball?

TP: Working on cars. I have been doing that my whole life with my dad. It is something I enjoy doing.

TH: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?

TP: LeBron James. He’s just a stud on the court and is a guy I have looked up to for a while.

TH: What is something unique about you that nobody would know?

TP: Probably the fact that I’m super optimistic and always am looking at the best in situations.

TH: Where is your favorite place to eat in Sumner?

TP: Teriyaki House. It’s a good spot.

TH: Who is your pick to win the NBA title?

TP: I’ve got to stick with the Miami Heat. I have to go with LeBron, Dwyane (Wade) and Chris (Bosh). I have been rooting for them for a couple of years. They are my team.

Sports Editor Shaun Scott can be reached at 253-552-7002.

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