2017 Union City HS (Ok.) power forward and SMU signee Ethan Chargois made his first trip to Moody Coliseum for SMU’s win over Cincinnati Sunday, and it confirmed for him all the thoughts he had about signing with SMU.
“I had been watching them on TV all season, this was my first time actually seeing them in person,” Chargois said, “I had known in the back of my mind I felt like I made the right decision and going there on Sunday I kind of just knew I had made absolutely the right decision on where I wanted to go to college next year.”
The 6-7, 225-pound forward admitted he has not seen a crowd like he saw at SMU outside of attending an NBA game.
“It was definitely the biggest and loudest crowd I had ever seen short of the NBA, it was really loud, my brother and I were talking on the way back that we were sitting next to each other side by side and we couldn’t hear each other, it was crazy,” Chargois told PonyStampede.
After watching SMU from a distance for most of the season, Chargois has been very impressed with what they have been able to do with so little depth and is already looking forward to what the Mustangs can do in the tournament and next year.
“What they have been able to do with the guys they have, all the pieces they need like a traditional team has that they don’t is crazy so without anybody over 6’8 it’s just really cool to see, it’s just a testament to coach Jankovich and his basketball mind,” Chargois told PonyStamepde, “As for next year, who couldn’t be excited for next year, you’re going to a winning team, hopefully they make a deep run in the tournament this year and hopefully for years to come, I’m just focused on winning a state title for my high school right now but in the back of my mind I am thinking about SMU.”
Chargois’s close friend and fellow SMU signee Elijah Landrum was not able to make it Sunday, but the Union City forward enjoyed getting to meet a lot of his future teammates.
“Everybody else was there and it was pretty cool,” Chargois said, “To spend some time with the guys you are going to spend a lot of time with over the next four years is pretty important.”
While the Union City forwards’ future team is on a pretty good roll, his current high school team with a healthy Chargois is yet to lose a game and has been gaining attention nationally.
“I’m 100% right now, no injuries or anything like that, people were saying it was broken, but it was just swollen for like a day or two and then I was fine,” Chargois said, “As a team we are 22-0 and playing pretty well together, I saw somewhere we ranked in the top 20 in the country so it has been a pretty special season.”