POSTED: Thursday July 22, 2010
Viko Noma’aea could have sauntered onto the basketball court this summer without a to-do list.
After all, the Sierra Vista guard was one of the area’s leading scorers last season, averaging 26.7 points on his way to second-team all-state honors.
But entering his senior year, the 5-foot-11-inch Noma’aea knows a possible future at the collegiate Division I level probably would have to come as a true point guard.
That’s precisely the skill set he hopes to display this week at the high-stakes Las Vegas Fab 48, where coaches such as Louisville’s Rick Pitino, Tennessee’s Bruce Pearl and California’s Mike Montgomery lined the sidelines of Bishop Gorman on Thursday.
“I still have a long way to go,” Noma’aea said. “My dad once told me, 'There is always someone out there working harder than you are.’ I keep that in my head.”
His father, Vico Noma’aea, has kept a close eye on Viko’s development. He worked the sideline Thursday as coach of PolyNation 17s, the highest level of a travel program to which his son has belonged since age 8.