Rindock, Kids confident
For Noah Rindock, it was just a matter of confidence.
Since his freshman year, the senior guard in the Northampton boys’ basketball program has been a part of the varsity unit. However, Rindock soon discovered that he needed to intensify his game to improve his playing time.
Over the past year, Rindock began working with former basketball player Sammy Barona at the Northampton Rec Center, and it began to boost his confidence. Over the years, Barona has worked with several local athletes.
“My dad has always pushed me since I was young and he is still is a big inspiration,” said Rindock. “But working with Sammy (Barona) really helped me with my confidence. I approached the game a lot differently and it has worked out for me.
“It is nice to see my playing time returning this year. After my freshman year, I kind of fell away from the system.”
This season, Rindock, who normally has played in the backcourt, also has spent some time at the four position. At 5-9, Rindock knew he was in for some challenges.
“I have been playing against guys who are usually bigger than me,” said Rindock. “But I have made up for the size with speed and hustle. I have always tried to be a scrappy-type of player who is diving for loose balls and doing the little things.
“I consider defense and rebounding to be my strong points.”
It proved to be more a mental than physical adjustment for Rindock, who has helped make an adjustment with his team’s lack of size this winter.
“When I was growing up, I always was one of the tallest players around,” noted Rindock. “Once I got to high school, I stopped growing. I have always been used to playing down low, so it really wasn’t a big challenge for me. It was just a matter of making some adjustments and not worrying about how big the other player was.”
Head coach Coy Stampone has recognized his player’s heightened approach. Rindock has played a varied role in the Konkrete Kids’ new interchangeable player system
“Noah brings a lot of energy as a starter or off the bench,” he said. “He has grown as a player and can help us in a number of spots.”
Rindock plans to continue to channel his new perspective toward his track career this spring after he completed a successful cross country campaign in the fall.
He is looking to study aerospace engineering next fall, likely at the University of Maryland. In addition to athletics, Rindock is a member of the school’s national honor society, student council, SADD, and treasurer of DECCA.
He also is a member of the East Penn Conference Student Athlete Character Council.
Over the next two weeks, Rindock is confident his team can return to the postseason. The Kids began the week needing two wins from their remaining six games to get there. He has appreciated the support from Stampone.
“Playing for coach Stampone has been a joy,” said Rindock. “He (Stampone) has had a big influence over me since he brought me up as a freshman.
“It would be nice to get there (districts). It will be tough for us, but we know we can do it.”
Rindock and his teammates appear confident enough to reach their goal.