Both feature a rectangular playing surface.
The main goal of both is to get a round ball into a net.
Newport Harbor High senior Chris Whitelegge got used to juggling basketball and water polo in his first couple of years with the Sailors.
On the hardwood, Whitelegge was a forward who could sometimes post up down low. In the pool, he would thwart two-meter players who tried to do the same.
Two years ago, though, it was time to make a decision.
"I realized I wasn't going to make it in basketball," Whitelegge said. "Water polo was a better choice. I really had to focus on one sport in order to be successful."
Coach Jason Lynch and the Sailors are glad Whitelegge made that call. The Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week is now a second-year varsity starter and a key component for the Sailors.