The mindset of Jack Weiss ’20 when he tried out for the boys basketball team was to combine practicality with his ambition to play the best he could. When the tryout week came to a close, the guard was placed on the freshman team where he hopes to achieve success.“My goal was to play on the best team I could. But, I also wanted to get the most playing time as possible, so I wanted to be realistic,” Weiss said. “I want to achieve success this season with the freshman team, but I am always eager to play at a higher level and raise my game.”
Weiss started his basketball career ten years ago, playing his first organized game at the age of four. Growing up, he watched his older peers compete on the courts and was engaged in the professional games on television, which have served as his inspiration for his own playing.
He played for the John Witherspoon Middle School team for all three years of his middle school career. Weiss has also played for the Bai Fives Basketball Team coached by Kamau Bailey for three years and thinks Bailey was key to his development as a player.
Weiss believes Bailey has affected his outlook on how to improve his game. “His goal is to make me an even better player than he was. His way of doing this is by not only making myself a better player, but [teaching me] to make the others around me better as well,” Weiss said.
One of those players will be Edan Blecher ’20, a power forward who will play alongside Weiss this season and believes that Weiss’s devotion is what makes him an important asset to the team.
“He is a passionate and smart player who I believe will do great for this team,” Blecher said. “He stands out because he can play all the positions—he is a great all-around player.”
While the sport has always come naturally, Weiss hopes to be part of an elite group in Princeton High School. the 1,000-point-scorer club and get a ball in the school athletic hall of fame.