"I never dreamed he would turn out to be the player he is," Sante Fe coach Guy Hardaker said. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard, born of Nigerian descent, averaged 13 points a game for a team that went 20-6 last year.
Muonelo is ranked the No. 27 prospect in America and the No. 2 prospect in the state of Oklahoma behind Keith Clark (No. 24 overall). According to Hardaker, he does some things that set him apart from other kids in his peer group.
"I think his strength [is an asset]," Hardaker said. "But what you can't teach is how to dribble in traffic. He has that second gear in the open floor. Plus, he's got a will to be great."
Hardaker has nothing but praise for his star but is careful to keep him in check. "I told him he's not D-I yet until he wants to be the No. 1 defender," the coach chuckled.
This Friday Sante Fe opens against Putnam City, the No. 1 ranked team in the area. There are likely to be some coaches in the stands taking that one, but it won't bother Muonelo.
"He's not worrying about recruiting right now," Hardaker said.