Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Sean Wood is having a memorable high school experience as a senior. He is playing basketball one last time for Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe. Wood is on the varsity team and is also team captain, and he encourages Community members to attend some of the games.
“I’m senior captain this year, and I want to make an impact one last time for the school. We are a team filled with lots of shooters; our strongest [asset] is our scoring and making three-pointers to keep us in the game,” said Wood, who is No. 30. “We [played] all summer and most likely [are] really underestimated, and we should go far in the season.”
Wood believes Marcos de Niza will go deep into the playoffs. He is dunking with ease and has a great 3-point shot, giving him range from the entire court. His ball-handling skills have greatly improved, and he is able to play any position on the court well.
Currently Wood has 19 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and two assists.
“I think Sean is really prepared this year where he knows he now has his chance to dominate. He is training on his own and getting stronger and better,” said his mother, MaryAnn Wood.
“I look forward to playing against Seton Catholic High School this year because they knocked us out of the playoffs last year,” Wood said. Marcos de Niza lost that game by 2 points.
Wood was recently inducted into the National Honor Society for showing leadership, demonstrating academic success with an above-average GPA, and giving back to his community through such efforts as helping with car washes, feeding the homeless and holding donation drives.
With his dedication in training every day and making straight-A grades, many colleges and universities are focusing on Wood. He currently has offers from Benedictine, which is an up-and-coming school located in Mesa (NAIA), and from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (D3) in Manhattan, New York. He is leaning toward New York, because he wants to major in forensic science and John Jay is one of the top criminal justice schools in the nation. Wood and his family recently returned from an official visit there.
Wood said he also will likely have an offer from Embry-Riddle (Prescott) when he tours the school at the end of the month.
“It truly takes dedication; you really need to put a lot of time into it,” said Wood about being a good athlete. “You can’t just expect to be that dominating player; you need to work toward your skills. I remember when I was younger, my coaches would tell me I wasn’t training to be good then, I was training to be good later, which is right now for me as a senior in high school. So all those hours of training and working out have finally started paying off.”