Noel Pico was named to the FIBA Oceania All-star team after the Oceania U18 tournament this summer, this squad will tour Australia in January 2005 and face the national junior teams of Australia, New Zealand and China. Pico just receveid his training program and we'll stick to it to be ready for the tour.
The All-stars players will arrive in Sydney on Saturday 15th januray 2005. The training program include a skills and fitness component, and if follwed diligently, will see the Oceania players arrive in Sydney fit, skillfull and ready to represent the Oceania zone to the best of their ability.
Each participant was required to pay 50% of their airfare to Sydney, all accommodation, meal, uniforms, travel in Sydney and game fees will be covered by FIBA Oceania and the Australian Olympic Committee.
In fact some great players weren't selected to the squad like Fiji's Laisasia Puamau, PNG's Ilawa Baldwin or Tahiti's Tehia Maitere. Maybe because of the airfaire costs. There is 4 caledonians in the squad and only one tahitian, Noel Pico said he was "honoured by this selection and will try to represent Tahiti the best way he could". He added "I'm looking forward to play with these players, the english spoken from Fiji and Guam and the french spoken from New Caledonia. This will be a nice mix".
OBC All-stars 2004:
Jeff Colata Fiji
Yann Mathelon New Caledonia
Martin Mendoza Guam
Charles Parapa Papua New Guinea
Noel Pico Tahiti
Stephane Saminadin New Caledonia
William Stinnett III Guam
Seve Susuico Guam
Jean-Jacques Taufana New Caledonia
Benoit Weber New Caledonia