TCHS Rampage

Temple City High School


September 5, 2017

This Dutch is clutch


For Senior Noah Mooiman, the squeaking of basketball shoes and the rainy weather from Arnhem in the Netherlands are what he has known for all his life. After careful contemplation, Mooiman decided that it is time for a change of pace and prepares to say goodbye to his childhood home.
Mooiman dreamed of moving to America and pursuing a career related to basketball after graduation. With that, his parents suggested that he move to TC his mother’s alma mater. “It was kind of a bittersweet experience, because I had to leave my life, friends and family,” Mooiman said. “I’m most nervous about starting over, and since I’ll be living alone for the most part, my parents won’t be here to help me if there is a problem.”
To Mooiman, a difference lies in how Americans play basketball in comparison to the Dutch. He has observed the differences through his personal experience and watching NBA games. In the Netherlands, the fundamentals and team play are highly valued. On the other hand, American players can compensate for their lack of fundamental skills with their natural athletic abilities and training. Mooiman hopes that the skill set he possesses will make him more competitive when it comes to choosing the starting line-up for the basketball team.
Although Mooiman is hoping to compete as a Ram, he may not be eligible to play until 12 months after his last game in the Netherlands.
“I came here with the intent to get an education and to play basketball, so the thought of not playing for a year is heartbreaking and something that I can’t afford,” Mooiman said. “Our athletic director Mr. Smith is doing a great job with trying to get me cleared, which is the only thing I really want at this point.”
Mooiman’s situation is still under evaluation, but he hopes that the issue will be resolved before the season begins.


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