De Pere’s Pritzl to participate in national 3-point contest

Brevin Pritzl is no weatherman but he’s forecasting rain.

“There’s days when you feel like you cannot miss,” the De Pere High School senior said. “Sometimes you have those days.”

The rain-making Redbirds sharpshooter was selected participate in the shooting portion of the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships next week in Indianapolis leading up to the Final Four next weekend.

“I’m really excited. It’s an awesome opportunity to be able to go do it,” Pritzl continued. He will fly out there early next week – and the event with air the Sunday before the National Championship game at 2:30 p.m. on CBS. “I’m a little nervous though because these guys are good. I’ve played against some of them – a lot of them have outshot me. I’m a little worried.”

Pritzl – who will be a Wisconsin Badger next year – faces six of the best prep shooters in the country. Being selected is an honor and a bit of a surprise as he shot just 36.0% (50-of-139) from beyond the arc last season. Yet, his silky-stroke is proof of all the hard work he’s put in throughout his career as a Redbird.

“It’s something that I practice a lot because it’s going to be a lot easier for me at the next level because I’m going to be a little smaller than everybody else,” Pritzl said. He joked that as a freshman he only shot threes and maybe only attempt 20 or so from inside the three-point line.

“I’ve been trying to sharpen up that part of my game every year more and more as well as getting the other things better. But I still think my best attribute is still shooting the ball,” he continued.

The Fox River Classic Conference co-player of the year sees the 19-foot, 9 inch three-point line more as a guideline though as he feels comfortable from way outside. And the further away the more potent he seems to be. But it’s also that little bit of paint that stands between him and a victory in the prestigious contest.

“The competitive juices still get flowing,” asserted Pritzl. “It’s a huge competition because knowing there are other great players, but it’s a little different because no one is in my face guarding me so it might be a little easier to shoot and hopefully I’ll do better that way.”

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