Now that the hoops season is coming to a close in both the high school and college levels, players and coaches are buying plane tickets, reserving cars and booking hotel rooms across the country for the numerous AAU events from coast-to-coast. Not Nigel Munson.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound point guard from DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland will stay home and work on his game with his high school team. Don't be surprised to see some big-timers make a trip to see the true point in action this spring.
Munson defines the term true point. He's a pass first point guard in the purest form. He sets up the offense, directs traffic and gets the right people to the right spots. After shining at the Academy National Invitational in Houston in December, Munson helped DeMatha finish the year at 29-2 and ranked ninth in the nation by USA Today.
"I felt like we did really well as a team and played hard every game we had," Munson said. "He had chemistry and confidence. That's why we played so well."
The 12 points and seven assists per game point guard is modest. He had a big part to the team's success. Flanked by scorers Mamadi Diane and Austin Freeman on the wings, Munson did an excellent job of finding the scorers.
"I know they'll finish when I give them the ball," Munson said. "I feel like if they get the ball, they will score it. Why not pass it to them?"
According to his trainer and mentor Tony Langley, Munson has already broken the assist record at DeMatha. Consider that 14 former DeMatha players have gone on to the NBA and Munson still has a year to play at the famed hoops program.
"That's what he does, he just makes things happen," Langley said. "You don't see guys like that anymore."
Munson said he's received offers from Virginia Tech, Xavier, George Mason and George Washington. Arkansas, Clemson, Connecticut, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland and Vanderbilt are also showing interest. Munson said Virginia Tech, Xavier, Clemson and Arkansas were his "main four right now."
Coaches will have travel to the Washington D.C. area if they want to see Munson in action. He said he will only play in the Nike All-American camp this year. Everything else will be at DeMatha's summer league team and workouts with Langley.