Munson Proving Point

Nigel Munson isn't exactly a household name despite playing on one of the more high-profile high school teams in the entire country. That could change soon - especially with the thin group of point guards in the junior class.

The Class of 2006 is loaded with quality big men, but the consensus is that it's lacking in the point guard department. Well, Nigel Munson should help extend the depth of quality floor leaders.

Munson, a 6-foot, 160-pound junior at DeMatha Catholic (Md.), hasn't gotten a ton of national exposure despite playing extensive minutes for the past two-plus seasons at one of the most prolific high school basketball programs in the country.

It's partially because he hasn't been out on the AAU scene all that much – and that'll continue this spring and summer as Munson focuses on his academics and individual improvement.

``He's the epitome of what a point guard should be," DeMatha coach Mike Jones said. "He runs the team, distributes the ball and is an excellent shooter."

Jones is right on the money – and Munson showed all of those traits at the recent Academy National Invitational in Houston.

There's no question that Munson needs to get stronger and become more vocal, but he's quick enough to get into the lane and finish, can knock down shots from beyond the arc and from mid-range and does a nice job getting his teammates involved.

Munson averaged 15.9 points and a school-record 8.5 assists per game as a sophomore while shooting 50 percent from downtown and more than 90 percent from the charity stripe.

Munson mentioned a group of schools that includes UConn, N.C. State, Clemson, Providence and Virginia Tech. Jones also mentioned Arkansas, Georgia and Maryland as showing interest.

``I'm not looking forward to staying home for college," Munson said. "I want to gfet away. It's better for me to get away because I have a lot of distractions home."

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