Posted On: 09/4/18 12:29 PM

Currently checking in at No. 8 in our Class 2A “Way Too Early Top 10” poll, there’s lots to be optimistic about for Des Moines Christian this season.

A slew of talented young prospects are coming up through the Lions’ system right now, and 6-foot-4 forward Tristan Brown is certainly one to keep a close eye on.

Traditionally a post, Brown, a sophomore, has been working to hone his perimeter skills over the past year, and could develop into a full-fledged wing before too long.

“My favorite part of the game is defense, and I think that’s what I’m best at. When it comes to offense, I like to play on the perimeter more and play more of a guard type,” said Brown. “I can play in the post, but I prefer playing on the perimeter.”

The tall and versatile sophomore recently wrapped up his 15U grassroots season with Pure Prep. He says he hasn’t been playing grassroots ball for long, but that this spring and summer he made great strides with his skill-set.

“I got a lot better at dribbling when I played with Pure Prep and they helped me a lot to develop my game,” said Brown.  

“I played in the post a lot, which I didn’t really want, but I did it. And I tried to take it out to the perimeter as much as I could, and when my coach would give me the opportunity to do that.”

He’ll now shift his focus to a sophomore season with the Lions. And although Brown isn’t sure yet at which level he’ll be playing with, JV or varsity, his goal will be the same regardless: showcase his skills and play his best.

“We don’t know yet what the teams are going to be, there might me some sophomores brought up and I’m really hoping I’m on varsity,” said Brown.

“I’m just hoping to show the coaches that I can use my abilities to make an impact on the court. And even if I am on JV, I’ll just try my hardest and do my best out there.”