Student Athlete of the Week: St. Patrick’s Nick Krass
This week’s WXXV Student Athlete of the Week is St. Patrick boys basketball star Nick Krass. Playoffs haven’t even started and Krass has already had a junior season to be proud of, including his first college basketball scholarship offer.
Nick Krass and his 6’4” frame and dominating play all over the court might seem intimidating at first, minus the smile that hardly leaves his face, a hint of his deep love for the game. “I don’t know. It’s just fun. I’ve always been an athlete. Thank the Lord. But no, I’ve just liked sports in general. So, I’ve played soccer, football, baseball, basketball, but I just really fell in love with basketball so.”
Although the junior guard has had a basketball in his hands ever since he can remember, he really got serious about the sport in seventh and eighth grade when he began working toward his goal every day. “Hard work and confidence. And I found my confidence through my hard work, so I really think those two go hand-in-hand.”
That formula to success seems to be working for Krass this season, averaging just over 17 points, nearly six rebounds, and just under four assists per game. Head Coach Keith Robinson said, “He takes great pride in getting assists as well as he does score. And whatever helps the team win, that’s what he does.”
Sometimes to help his Fighting Irish win, Krass needs to throw down a windmill dunk like he did earlier this season in a win over Sacred Heart. Krass not only scored a lot of points, he proved a point. “At the end of the first quarter, I started off slow. And at the end of the first quarter– I think there were 5 seconds left– I had a fast break and I dunked it. And they called me soft, so they said my dunk is weak. So, the next time I had an opportunity I just had to bring it out. And I’ve been practicing a little bit, but my adrenaline was going and it just– I mean it happened.”
Along with other performances, like his game against East Marion where Krass put up 40 points, six assists, six rebounds, and three steals, the junior guard caught the attention of several D1 college basketball programs, including Ole Miss who offered him in January. “I thought I heard him wrong at first. So, I was just like ‘hold on, Coach. What did you say?’ And he repeated it and it was just awesome. Big smile on my face. I don’t think I stopped smiling the whole night. I think I went to sleep smiling. I feel like I always knew this day would come, but then again I didn’t, so it’s still just a dream come true.”
No matter how long the road to his dream has been or how long it may get, Krass knows how to keep himself motivated for the long haul. “The gifts that God gave me and just the fear of not making it to the NBA. I mean, that’s my overall goal. So, I get up every day and work harder.”
St. Patrick plays Enterprise Clarke Friday at 6 p.m. in the first round of the class 2A playoffs.
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