Athlete of the week: Tony Nguyen
Posted on February 17, 2010 by Dylan Anderson
After being sidelined for more than half of the season, most athletes struggle to readjust to the competition. Tony Nguyen, however, has done fine.
Position: Point Guard
Hometown: Whitehorse, Yukon
High School: F.H. Collins
Degree: Major Physical Education, Minor Psychology
Pregame Meal: Whatever
Pregame Ritual/Routine: Focusing alone.
Favorite Sports Movie: Cool Runnings
Favorite Professional Athlete: Kobe Bryant
After being sidelined for more than half of the season, most athletes struggle to readjust to the competition. Tony Nguyen, however, has done all right. Returning after Christmas from a knee injury that had him on the bench for the first half of the season, Nguyen immediately made an impact with the men’s basketball team, punctuated by a 22 point performance that saw Augustana defeat Lakeland College the first time in the school’s history.
“I like to push the tempo whenever I’m on the floor,” says Nguyen, “I prefer to force the defender to have to work by slashing inside. It also opens the rest of the guys.”
Success on the basketball court is nothing new to the first year Phys. Ed student. While he attended high school in Whitehorse, Yukon, he earned the Most Valuable Player at Yukon basketball championship three times, he was named Basketball Yukon’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2007 and 2008, and was selected as Team Yukon’s flag bearer for the 2008 Arctic Winter Games. Coming to Augustana, however, has been a new challenge.
“I came to Augustana mostly because I can get a U of A degree and I met Dave through my coach in Whitehorse. I was pretty nervous when I got here, but learned pretty fast that everyone else here is in the same boat. We all, for the most part have similar goals.”
While the team failed to qualify for the playoffs again, there have been definite signs of improvement in their overall play and that has everyone excited about the team’s prospects next season.
“Coming in I wanted to have a strong rookie year in order to establish myself and help the team improve,” says Nguyen, “and so far things have worked all right.”
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