GOING UP: Ethan Chargois leaps over defenders for a jumpshot in a game against Midwest City.
Courtesy Union Public Schools
By MIKE MOGUIN
Union had a scare in mid-January when one of its top players, senior Ethan Chargois, incurred what was thought to be a hand injury in practice on the eve of a game.
But Chargois turned out to be okay, and he returned full-force for the top-ranked Redskins’ game against Muskogee on Jan. 17. In that game, he led the team in scoring with 22 points.
Having already committed to Southern Methodist University, Chargois is averaging over 30 points per game in Union’s 12-0 start as of Jan. 19.
There was reason to be of concern when he hurt his hand, because last season Chargois played with a small fracture in his right shin.
Chargois, who stands nearly 6-9 and weighs 250 pounds, has played basketball since second grade. He is utilized by the Redskins as both a power forward and small forward. He signed to play college basketball at SMU on Nov. 9. At SMU, he will join Owasso product Shake Milton, now as a sophomore, and Central’s Elijah Landrum. Chargois choose SMU over Houston, Colorado and Kansas State.
“My official visit was the biggest deciding factor,” he says. “The campus was beautiful, and the players and coaches are like a real tight-knit group. You can just tell they’re like a family.
“I just wanted to go to a place that fit me the best whether it was across the country or the next town over,” Chargois says.
Talking about his shin fracture injury from last season, he says, “I hurt it in the third game of the season. But I played in a couple of more games until I just couldn’t play anymore.”
He says, “It kind of got worse and worse as I kept playing. At first, (doctors) just told me it was a high ankle sprain. My X-rays were saying I was fine. But I got an MRI two weeks after it happened, and that’s when (doctors) saw the little crack. And they said, ‘you got to sit out, until it gets better.’”
No surgery was needed. Chargois just had to preserve through time for it to heal. But that meant being out for the rest of the year. All he could do in his time of healing was rest, he says.
“Once I was cleared by my doctor, I just slowly eased my way back into it and not go as hard as I could right off the bat,” Chargois says.
But, being out was tough.
“Honestly, if we all stayed healthy last year, we could have won the state championship and a gold ball,” Chargois says. “It was tough watching us go out in the first round of state (tournament).”
In that first round game, the Redskins were ousted 50-46 by eventual champion Putnam City West.
Chargois realized he was back at full strength when he hit his first dunk off the injury last summer.
“I was just playing with the guys in the gym and I just threw it down,” Chargois says. “It was the first week in June. I knew I could get back to that point.”
Back at full-strength, Chargois has expectations for the team to go unbeaten and win the gold ball. As of Jan. 17, they were at least getting the first part done.“My whole high school team, we’ve been playing together since we were all freshmen, so we’re a tight-knit group,” Chargois says. “We’ve been together for a long time. We all can score and we all can do different things to help the team.”
Fisher joins the Hogs
Kyrei Fisher, a linebacker for Union’s 2016 Class 6AI state championship football team, was featured in the October issue of the Union Boundary, back when he was verbally committed to the University of Minnesota.
However, he reconsidered, changing his college plans to attend the University of Arkansas. Having graduated at mid-term, Fisher signed with the Razorbacks on Dec. 19 and began attending classes in January.