WOODMERE - One of Long Island's premier high school basketball players points to his autism as the key to his success.

Tristan Braverman, a student at the Lawrence Woodmere Academy, is ranked as the top three-point shooter on the Island. As for his autism, he credits his condition to helping him rise above the crop.

Braverman says there is an element of autism called hyperfocus, which he has used to his advantage. He insists he thinks about optimum shooting angles before releasing the ball and adjusts his shot accordingly. 

His mother says therapy sessions have been arduous, but that he has improved significantly over the last two years to become a starter on the school's varsity squad.