On Thursday, Feb. 1, Tunkhannock Area junior Tyler Faux torched the nets for six 3-pointers and a game-high 26 points to help lead the Tigers to a 64-63 win at Wyoming Valley West. Faux also knocked down six 3-pointers en route to a game-high 24 points in a 66-40 victory over Coughlin two days before, and knocked down five more 3-pointers and tied for a game-high 21 points in a 68-51 loss to Wyoming Area on Saturday. For his accomplishments, Faux has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner’s Athlete of the Week.
Grade, age, hometown: Junior, 16, Tunkhannock
Family: Dale, father; Liz, mother; Jordan, brother, 23; Zach, brother, 21; Sydney, sister, 19.
Other sports I play: Golf and baseball
Athletes I admire: Steph Curry, Michael Jordan and Jordan Spieth
Favorite Movie: “Coach Carter”
Favorite TV show: “The Big Bang Theory
Favorite band/artist: Mac Miller
Favorite food: Digiorno Pizza
Favorite school subject: Math
Three people I’d like to have dinner with: “Michael Jordan, Mark Wahlberg and Jordan Spieth.”
Biggest role model: “My brother Jordan because he’s always been someone I can turn to and has always been there for me.”
Superstitions or rituals: “Before the game, I always have (athletic trainer) Charlotte tie my shoes.”
What were some of your goals for this season? “Our goal is to make it to playoffs and to win the district championship.”
Did you work on anything specific to get ready for the season? “Definitely my maturity level. I watched a lot of film over the summer to see how I can handle situations better and I think I’ve done pretty well at that.”
How would you describe your playing style? “Fun and fast.”
What would you say you’re better at now than you were as a freshman? “Shooting. I really developed my shot and the way I can score inside and in the paint.”
What is the feeling like when you know you’re shot is falling, especially from behind the arc like it was last week? “If our opponents aren’t playing me tight enough, pull away. If the first one goes, see if the next one goes in, and if that happens it’s going to be a fun night.”
How does your mind set change if your shot isn’t falling? “It does creep into your mind, so I try to find teammates and hope they can start getting hot.”
As someone that can dunk, do you pick and choose your moments? “My mentality is if I’m ever open enough I’ll do it. Not many 5’11” kids can dunk, so no matter how slim, I’m up for it. The harder it is, the more passionate the student section gets and the more fired up our team gets, and I thrive for those moments.”
What are the team’s strengths this season? “Definitely our defense. We have the length and height, and when we play that well, we’re up there with the best in the league.
What do you or the team need to improve on for the rest of the season? “Effort. When our team puts effort into a game we’re unstoppable, but when we try to just roll the ball out and win without effort, that’s when we lose.
What do you think the team is capable of the rest of the way? “We’re definitely capable of going all the way to the district championship, winning it, and then going off to states.”
What’s been your favorite part of being on the team? “Definitely my teammates and the atmosphere during practice, we always have fun.”