By Jackson Santy ’13
Since age 10 Sai Tummala ’11 has been playing basketball. Today, at 6’7 and 193 pounds Tummala is the starting center for the Brophy varsity basketball team.
“Being taller than everybody else my skill came naturally,” Tummala said.
“The feeling I get when I have the ball in my hands, getting ready to make the shot … it’s indescribable,” he said.
Since his sophomore year Tummala has been playing for head coach Mr. Tony Fuller on the Brophy varsity basketball team.
Tummala remembers his first time stepping onto the court of Robson Gym for his first game.
“I was pretty young, very nervous and afraid to fail,” he said.
According to ESPN.com, Tummala is currently averaging eight rebounds, two blocks and 10 points a game. ESPN.com also said “he has solid quickness and he is an athlete with solid potential.”
Defensively, Tummala is problematic for opponents because he can make plays off the ball with his athleticism, quickness and instincts.
Before games, Tummala tries to get away from the group. He focuses on making shots and performing his best in the game.
“My biggest motivation would have to be haters,” Tummala said. “It’s always good to prove someone wrong when they say you can’t do something.”
Along with basketball, Tummala also participates in the National Honors Society, varsity volleyball, Big Brothers and often volunteers at the local Boys and Girls Club.
Tummala said his biggest inspiration is his grandmother.
“She always taught me to work my hardest and to never give up,” he said.
She passed away this last year.
Currently working to reach his goal of playing college ball, Tummala is hoping to attend the University of Michigan this fall.