DeShawn Munson Attracting Illini Coaches

The Illini are making an effort to recruit the St. Louis area hard in 2013 and 2014. One of the prospects peaking their interest is DeShawn Munson of East St. Louis and the St. Louis Eagles AAU team. The versatile combo guard plans to visit Champaign soon.

DeShawn Munson is a 6'-3" combo guard who is electric with the ball in his hands. He brings many intangibles to the game and is a well rounded player. He does whatever it takes to win.

The East St. Louis product is fond of the Illini's style of guard play.

"I like how they play and how they work with their point guards."

Head coach Bruce Weber has been recruiting Munson over the last year. He gave Munson some advice for the future.

"He told me to keep working on my game, and if I do they might offer me next year."

Munson will have an opportunity to see Champaign first hand this summer.

"I am supposed to be taking a visit in June."

His only offer currently is from new Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin. What other schools are showing the most interest in him?

"SIU-E, SIU, Illinois, Tennessee, Iowa, Mississippi State and Missouri."

The team that does ultimately get Munson will be getting a warrior who attacks his man off the dribble with great quickness and acceleration.

"I can get to the basket whenever I want. It is hard to guard me, and I can play multiple positions."

He also is an excellent passer in both transition and the half court. Each game, he will make a pass that makes the crowd buzz. Munson rebounds at a high rate for a guard and is a monster defensively!

His primary weakness is his jump shot at this stage. If he can improve this to the level it needs to be, Munson could be scary.

This past winter, Munson helped lead East St. Louis to a solid season including a big first round playoff victory over O'Fallon.

"It went pretty good. A lot of people didn't expect us to do as good as we did."

He has continued his solid play this spring with the St. Louis Eagles 16 and Under AAU squad.

"So far it has been going pretty good. It is a new team, but it's going good."

Munson has huge upside. He already has the intangibles. When he puts it all together, his potential is unlimited. He will be a hot prospect for college coaches to track in July. Illinois and other high majors will certainly be evaluating the progress in Munson's game.

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