Student-Athlete Spotlight

Wings Over Broadway Student-Athlete Spotlight: CDO point guard Ethan Wong is running a series of brief stories about Southern Arizona high school senior student-athletes entering this school year. The series, first-person accounts from the student-athletes, continues with a profile on CDO point guard Ethan Wong, who is dedicating his last high school season to his late father who passed away last July.

Ethan Wong

School: Canyon del Oro

Ethan Wong

My father, Edward Wong, was the greatest man I knew or will ever know.

He was the one who got me into the game of basketball. He was a big Arizona Wildcats basketball fan and had season tickets to their games, and every once in a while, he would take me and we would bond over it.

In my high school basketball career, I don’t remember him missing one of my games even if it was a freshman game that started at 4 p.m., which meant he left work early to come watch me play. Going forward, he is one of the biggest inspirations to me in the game of basketball and in life.

Whatever I do, I’m doing for him.

I started basketball when I was very young, always enjoying the Wildcats and playing in the YMCA leagues. As I got older and more invested, I started to join club teams, which eventually led me to high school ball. That has taught me a lot, not only about the game but about myself.

Edward Wong, 67, earned his law degree from the University of Arizona and practiced family law in Tucson for 43 years.

My greatest hope for 2020-21 basketball-wise is to make the state tournament and enjoy this last season regardless of the circumstances that we have to play under.

What I like most about our team is our resilience and adaptability to change. On or off the court, we are willing to roll with the punches. My future goals beyond high school are to go to the University of Arizona and hopefully major in accounting or finance.

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