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Posted On: 02/6/18 11:13 AM
Just a sophomore, Kearns’ 6-foot-2 guard Nate Maiava has already been making a huge impact with his team.
He’s a starter for the Cougars, and putting up some very decent numbers. Maiava says it’s his floor-general mentality and defense-first approach that make him such a playmaker.
“As a player, I’m a pass-first point guard. I like to get my team involved and get my guys open shots. I love to play defense, I like getting steals. Being able to guard the other team’s best guards and keeping them from doing what they want to do,” said Maiava.
“I just do what my team needs me to do. Whether that’s getting my teammates open shots or just getting buckets.”
Maiava’s Cougars have gotten off to a fast start, 15-3. And the sophomore point guard is averaging eight points, four rebounds, six assist and two steals per game.
“Our season is going pretty good. My job is to help control the game, and slow the game down when I need to,” said Maiava.
This spring and summer will be a big one for Maiava’s exposure. He played with Utah Basketball Club for 15U, and says he might play with Exum Elite this summer — he’ll decide later in the high school season.
“The recruitment process hasn’t really started, but over the last summer my high school coach told me there were a couple of JuCos and D2s looking at me,” said Maiava.
“I’m just hoping to get some D1 schools looking at me, and just getting my name out there.”