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Nogueira ready for four-year commitment after two years off
Trevor Nogueira was a two-time All-VOL player during his days at Sierra High, now the former Timberwolf has accepted a scholarship from the Pacific Union College Pioneers. - photo by Bulletin file photo

Trevor Nogueira is getting his second shot at playing basketball at the college level.

The Sierra High alum is taking advantage of an athletic scholarship from Pacific Union College to join the four-year college’s basketball program. The 6-foot guard was part of the Cal State Monterey Bay basketball program immediately following his 2010 graduation for Sierra High. He opted, though, to rethink the situation.

“When I went to Monterey out of high school I made the team and could have been a redshirt,” Nogueira said. “But I decided not to and got a job. After I came back here I went up to (Sacramento City College) but didn’t play and continued to work out with my A.A. U. team.”

Nogueira’s basketball travails landed him a spot on the Port City Pirates, a team affiliated with the National Professional League out of Stockton.  Nogueira, though, balked at the chance to join the club, holding on to his amateur status and the right to play in the collegiate ranks.

The decision proved perfect when the opportunity to try out for the Pioneer’s program came across Nogueira’s plate.

“I talked to Pacific Union College because they had an aviation program,” Nogueira said. “I contacted coach (Kirt Brower) and he told me to come up and play and he’d see if they could get me a scholarship.

“I went up there and played and that’s how I got in.”

Nogueira closed out a decorated Timberwolves career with back-to-back All-Valley Oak League first team nods. The sharp-shooting ball handler was able to leave his mark on the VOL and definitely garnered positive attention from head coach Kirt Brower during the summer months.

“I was just trying to come in and play for him and run the point,” Nogueira said. “I was not trying to be this flashy scorer, I was getting a lot of assists and making my open three’s.

“I wasn’t like I was trying to go out there and just do everything.”

Whatever Nogueira did was enough to garner a spot on the Pioneer’s roster and nearly 90-percent of his financial requirements provided. He’ll join the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) program when the basketball squad begins workouts Sept. 10.

Pacific Union competes in the California Pacific Conference alongside Cal Maritime, Menlo, Simpson, UC Merced and William Jessup on the CPC schedule.

“I learned a lot at Monterey, so I feel like I kind of know what to expect,” Nogueira said. “But it is an entirely different game. It’s a new school in a new league and I’m ready for that challenge.”