Muonelo Earns Hardware

Obi Muonelo picked a good time to put up the best game of his career. The 6-foot-3 junior guard put up a career-high 34 in a matchup with senior C.J. Henry.

Obi Muonelo had a pretty good weekend. The Edmond Santa Fe (Okla.) junior guard dropped a career-high 34 points and hit the game-winner as time expired on C.J. Henry and Putnam City in the state semis on Friday night. Then, about 24 hours later, he finished with 15 in the title-game win against Bartlesville High.

``It was nuts," said the 6-foot-3 Muonelo. "The biggest shot of my life. It was the best feeling ever."

Muonelo took the ball from teammate Ekpe Udoh with about four seconds left at his own free throw line, drove the length of the floor and hit a runner from just inside the 3-point line as the buzzer sounded, giving Santa Fe a 66-64 victory against favored and top-seeded Putnam City.

Henry, a senior guard who is looking to play both baseball and basketball in college, had just connected on a 3-pointer with seven seconds left to tie the game. Henry finished with 19 points, but it was clearly Muonelo who appeared as the state's elite prospect on this night.

Muonelo then scored 15 of his team's 40 points in a 40-37 Class 6A championship game win against Bartlesville. It was the school's first basketball title since the school opened 13 years ago.

Muonelo is hoping to carry his exploits over in April, when he and his Athletes First squad will take to the road. They will go to Boo Williams, the Next Level National Tournament in Dallas, and to the Real Deal on the Hill in Arkansas.

``I'm about to start working out on Monday," Muonelo said on Sunday. "I want to show people that I'm the number one guard in the class."

Muonelo also said that he's going to slow down his recruiting process a bit. He's still favoring Florida, Arizona, UConn and the two in-state schools, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. However, he's in no rush.

``It seems like more people are coming and are interested, so it's way too early for me to cut my list down," Muonelo said. "I don't really know right now."

Muonelo said that North Carolina has recently began to express interest and he'd put the Tar Heels near the top of his list if they are legitimately interested – along with Duke, if the Blue Devils begin to show interest.

``I'd love to go to one of those two schools, but if they don't come, it's no big deal," Muonelo said.

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