Click here to read the latest Athlete Q&A, this week with Scorpions basketball senior forward Michael Ortega.


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Michael Ortega

Senior Guard

Where are you from?

What sports do you play?
Basketball, baseball and this year I did swim.

Which is your favorite?

Because I’ve been playing it since I could walk and it runs in my family.

What’s your favorite food?
My momma’s burgers.

Do you have a favorite sports team or athlete?
I used to love the [Oklahoma City] Thunder until Kevin Durant broke my heart.

Do you have a dream place to live?
I’m planning on moving back here when I grow up.

Favorite movie or television show?
Favorite movie is “Stomp the Yard” and favorite television show right now is “Arrow.”

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Super speed.

What do you do in your free time?
I play guitar, work on computers and recently started working on cars.

Describe your coach in one word.

Describe yourself in one word.

What makes a good teammate?

What are the benefits of playing high school sports?
It allows you to compete at a higher level than any other sport up to this point.

What are your future goals?
I want to attend Northern Arizona University for two years then finish my degree for architectural engineering at Arizona State University.

What do you look forward to most after graduation?
It’s frightening but I’m looking forward to seeing how I do out in the real world.