2015 marks the year children who were born in 2000 will be 15 years old. To put things in perspective, the 9/11 attacks, the 2003 NBA Draft that included LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and President Barack Obama becoming the first African-American president of the United States are a few of the things that impacted their lifestyle and view on society.
History was made and as years continue to pass, for teenagers like Noah Viers, it means one step closer to reaching his dream of playing in the NBA.
Viers, a rising sophomore, is on the varsity basketball team at Mansfield Summit High School, a 5A Region II secondary school located in Mansfield, Texas.
There is not a day you will not find him working to improve every aspect of his game or growing as an athlete. From doing constant drills or working out with his teammates, Viers knows it takes hard work to reach his goal.
“ While working out or improving my game, I remind myself of a statement to motivate me,” Viers said. “ Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”
When asked who made him interested in basketball, the Arlington, Texas native said his parents were the reason he picked up a basketball and the reason he plays today.
“ I watched my dad and we would always play together. He would help me with different drills and techniques,” Viers said. “ If it weren’t for my parents, I do not think I would still be playing the sport I love.”
While his parents have supported him and play an active role in his growth, Viers also credited an additional family member, his great-uncle who passed away, as another person who played a role in encouraging him to never give up on his dream.
“ My great-uncle, Fuzz, was the one who would always tell me I could make it to the NBA,” Viers said. “ When he died, I would think to myself everyday, I have to make it for him because he believed in me.”
Hard work is a common term for Viers and not just on the basketball court. At Mansfield Summit, he is a student in the Advancement Via Individual Determination Program (AVID), a program designed to close the achievement gap by preparing students for college and success in a global society.
Thus, he understands the concept of being a student-athlete and working hard in the classroom.
“ My education comes first no matter what, and The AVID program is very helpful,” Viers said. “The teachers help me with my homework and any questions or concerns that I have in my classes.”
“ Kentucky has a great program and some of my favorite college basketball players play for that team,” Viers said.
Until then, Viers looks to improve his game each day, gaining valuable insight and skills as a player under head coach Jason Mutterer.
“ Coach Mutterer is like a father figure to me,” Viers said. “ After every game, he tells me something I need to do if I want to make it to the next level.”
Given the nickname ‘The Truth’ by his friends and teammates, Viers has a unique set of favorite NBA players that do not include the likes of LeBron James or Kobe Bryant.
“Corey Brewer, Nick Young and J.R. Smith are my favorite players,” Viers said, “ I like complete players who can do it all when they take the court and care about their teammates. Kobe Bryant and LeBron James care about themselves and not about their teammates.”
Viers also discussed more about Brewer and why he makes his list of favorites.
“ He (Brewer) is family, a great person and always looks to help others,” Viers said. “He is the type of player who helps the Houston Rockets win in anyway. When he gets in the game, the Houston fans go crazy because they know what he can do to help the team win.”
Viers will be attending Brewer’s Sixth Annual Back-2-Back Youth Basketball Camp in August to further enhance his skills and growth at his position.
Almost halfway into the month of July and with the fall coming soon, Viers looks forward to progressing as a player and having an even better season this fall, taking another step toward his ultimate dream.
GETTING TO KNOW NOAH VIERS
Full Name: Noah Viers
Parents: Dwayne and LaWanna Viers
Potential Major in College: Psychology
Hometown: Arlington, Texas
Classification: Sophomore in high school
Position: Point Guard, Shooting Guard
Fun Fact(s): I have a hamster named Daisy. I attend church every Sunday. I own 33 pairs of shoes. I enjoy playing video games and dying my hair different colors.
Nickname: The Truth
Life Motto: “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard”
Favorite Athlete(s): Corey Brewer, Nick Young, J.R. Smith
Favorite Team: Houston Rockets