Tristan played and starred on the Amityville basketball team that was known for their aggressive, and uptempo style of play. Many of us played varsity from either sophomore year or junior year on, but Smith started out with the big boys as a freshman averaging 7.7 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals a game. He gradually built himself to be a stand out player every year following.
His sophomore year found Tristan increasing his playing time and stats by averaging 11.6 points, 5 assists, and 2.9 steals and this was the beginning of a rising star.
It’s never an easy road to becoming a hometown name in any sport, but Mr. Smith had a way of making things look easier than they are. His junior season found him making big waves as he tallied 16 points, 5.9 assists, and 3.4 steals a game, guiding his team to a class B state championship and solidifying his name in the hallways and neighborhood of Amityville. On his way he collected All-Long Island second team to further his accomplishments. He would not be outdone by himself come senior year where he averaged 23 points, 7.8 assists, and 4 steals a game all while leading his squad back to the class B state championship and collecting the Suffolk County Player Of The Year award. He would also be selected to the All-Long Island first team as a senior. His basketball accolades didn’t stop there as he collected McDonald’s All-American top 100, All Tri-State Team, and a Federation championship.
However being the point guard on a team that outpaced and outlasted their opponents meant being in the best possible shape you can be in. This was helped by his ability to play football when the basketball season ended. He also led on the field as the quarterback, utilizing his quickness and strength to will his team to a Suffolk division 3 championship his senior year. It goes to mention his hard work on the field saw him being honorable mention All- American, and Rutgers Cup champion.
Tristan would finish his basketball career as a leader with 1,419 points and 507 assists over four seasons. He signed his letter of intent to play at St.John’s University his senior year. His Amityville Warriors teams were a combined 52-4 with state titles his junior and senior seasons. Not bad for a kid from Long Island.