Noah Gottlieb, who became the fifth-leading scorer in Santa Monica College’s history during the last two basketball seasons, will be starting his four-year college career with a difficult test.
Gottlieb is now at Chaminade in Honolulu, and the team’s first game will be against #1 ranked North Carolina November 24 in the 25th annual Maui Invitational Tournament.
The game will be at Honolulu’s Lahaina Center. Every game of the eight-team, three-day tournament will be on one of ESP’s networks and the tournament is annually a favorite of scouts from professional leagues, most notably the NBA.
Gottlieb is expected to be Chaminade’s point guard and would be matched against Ty Lawson, a pre-season All-American. North Carolina, which was 36-3 last season and made the Final Four, is led by center Tyler Hansbrough, college basketball’s Player of The Year last season.
The winner of that game will play the winner of Oregon-Alabama in the second round.
Chaminade, which will be a heavy underdog, has won five games over the years as the host team in the tournament, including one over Princeton last season.
Gottlieb began his career on Santa Monica High’s lower level teams, and then his career began blossoming when he transferred to Venice High.
At SMC he made all-Western State Conference both years.