Kerr carving out own legacy

Nick Kerr admits there's some pressure that comes with being the son of a former NBA star.

And he says it doesn't bother him one bit.

The Torrey Pines junior, whose father Steve was one of the most prolific perimeter shooters in NBA history during the heydays of the 1990s Chicago Bulls, is busy carving out his own legacy these days.

Nick Kerr is a budding Falcons star who has shown a pretty sweet 3-point stroke himself, leading his team to a 5-0 start. Kerr was the MVP of the Dec. 4-11 Hilltop tournament in Chula Vista.

"I know people have some expectations, but I don't really worry about it," Kerr said. "I just go out and play."

This week, Kerr and the Falcons will go out and play on a national stage when the Falcons play host to the prestigious MaxPreps Holiday Classic.

The Dec. 26-30 tournament, considered one of the nation's most significant prep athletic events in any sport, features 72 teams from across the nation and Canada playing in five divisions.

The field includes St. Patrick of Elizabeth, N.J., the nation's top-ranked team according to U.S.A. Today.

The Falcons open against Rim of the World of Lake Arrowhead Dec. 26 at 10 a.m. at Torrey Pines High in the Mayor's Division. Other area teams competing include Cathedral Catholic, La Jolla High, La Jolla Country Day and Francis Parker.

Tournament games will also be played in gyms at Cathedral Catholic, Westview, Rancho Bernardo and La Costa Canyon.

The tournament is in its 20th year and third since partnering with MaxPreps, considered the go-to high school sports information Web site.

The tournament has in recent years showcased several high-profile talents who've went on to play at Division 1 colleges and the NBA.

NBA rookie of the year favorite Brandon Jennings, a Milwaukee Bucks guard, played in the tournament three years ago.

Hundreds of college coaches are expected to descend upon the Del Mar area in the coming days, Torrey Pines coach John Olive said.

"It's going to be fun watching all those guys," Kerr said.

Those guys figure to enjoy watching Kerr too.

A second-year starter, Kerr is averaging 25 points and is a 43 percent shooter (25 for 58) from beyond the arc.

Olive said Kerr is the best pure shooter he's seen in a coaching career that within a week will have spanned four decades and includes being an assistant coach at Villanova University when the Wildcats shocked Georgetown to win the 1985 national title.

His laid-back demeanor disguises an intense competitor who's tirelessly dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help his team win, Olive said.

Kerr started playing rec ball when he was 5 and started playing organized ball when he was about 9.

He cites playing recreational beach volleyball with his family and chowing down chicken club sandwiches at Del Mar's Board and Brew among his favorite activities.

His sister Maddy, a Torrey Pines freshman, is a competitive volleyball player who played on the junior varsity this year.

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