GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) – Gresham High School senior point guard, Izaiah Tessier, knows that it takes mental toughness to excel in basketball.
“Over the summer I just really had to make a change, and [Gresham High School head varsity basketball] coach [Erik Lyslo] really helped me make a change in my attitude,” said Tessier.
“And [he] told me if I just change it then the sky’s the limit for me.”
Tessier, who’s averaging 16 points per game this season, has learned to control his focus by setting small goals.
“I feel more confident coming into this year” said Tessier. “[I’ve been] given the green light to shoot the ball basically. Everybody misses shots these days. I just felt like I shouldn’t be worrying about one missed shot when I can take five more.”
Tessier is not afraid of taking the big time shots.
“It was fall league and we were playing these kids. I think they were up by two [points]. He had shot two free throws, and he missed them both,” Edward Hall, a senior on Gresham’s varsity basketball team, said.
“I thought he wouldn’t want the ball after that. He got it again [and then] came down and hit like a half court three. We won the game. It was at the buzzer, too.”
“He just doesn’t care who’s in front of him, who’s guarding him [or] who he guards,” Daniel Diamond, a senior on the Gophers varsity basketball team, said. “He always gets the job done.”
“Whatever you do here dictates what’s going to happen later on in life,” said Tessier about keeping up the good grades. “It would be an honor if I could play ball at the next level.”
If Tessier gets the chance to play basketball in college, here’s how he wants to be remembered at Gresham:
“A kid that plays hard, believes in himself, and can overcome the mental aspect of the game. Embrace the noise. Go Gophers.”