At first glance, the numbers look like something out of a video game.
“It proves to us that tristen is just a next level kind of player,” Burges head coach Paul Gutierrez said. “He deserves this credit he’s getting.”
Burges guard Tristen Newton is having a season for the record books for the fifth-ranked Mustangs. The senior is averaging over 39 points per game, tops in Texas and third nationally. On Friday against Austin, he needs just 18 points to eclipse 3,000 for his career, an incredible milestone.
“It’ll be a good feeling,” Newton said. “I’ll try not to think about it going into the game, just go out and play my game and when it comes it comes.”
“I don’t think it’s set in to everyone around us how amazing and how difficult it is for a player to score that many points in a high school career,” Gutierrez said.
Newton does have the family pedigree. His cousins Aaron and Alvin Jones are now NFL stars, and had a front-row seat to Tristen’s development.
“That’s a huge accomplishment. I thought I was a pretty good high school basketball player and I only went over 1,000,” Aaron Jones said. “So to go over 3,000 is saying a lot, it shows he can put the ball in the basket and a lot of people are missing out on him.”