It’s a position that Obi Muonelo never imagined he’d be in. Sure the strong 6-4 guard from Edmond (OK) Santa Fe hoped to be recruited at the highest level while growing up, but he never imagined that he’d be recruited to this extent. In fact, he never imagined it would be this hard to make a decision.
“My junior year and before it was really amazing to see all of these coaches, but now I kind of know in the back of my head that they are out there watching so I don’t really notice them as much,” Muonelo told Phog.net. “I never thought it would come to this though. I just thought that a school would come along and blow me away and I’d have committed by now, but it’s been a lot tougher than that.”
Spend a few minutes chatting with the personable Muonelo and you can tell that he makes friends as easily as he scores on dribble drives to the basket. Because of that he’s established several good relationships with the coaches recruiting him which has made it hard to decide. He has narrowed it down to five -- Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas -- and in the last week he’s hosted the Cowboys, Longhorns and Jayhawks on in home visits.
So what exactly did Muonelo think of Bill Self’s pitch?
“It went well, coach Self talked a lot about the tradition and where I’d fit in,” said Muonelo. “You know how they do it. He talked about the situation and why I should go there. I was impressed. Kansas is a first class school.”
In the past Muonelo has named leaders but at this stage of the game he’s decided to say that every school involved is on an even playing field and that he’ll take as much information into consideration as possible. On top of making his decision, he’s also working on getting healthy after a recent trip to his doctor revealed some torn ligaments in his shooting hand.
The injury was one that he played with the entire summer. According to Muonelo, he noticed the pain but enjoyed the competition he was facing too much to sit out.
“I loved going to places like Nike Camp, I want to work there during the summers as a counselor when I’m in college,” said Muonelo. “It’s cool meeting all of these guys that you read about on the internet and realizing that they are just like you. You may be from way different places but you sit down with them and realize that they talk about the same things that you do and it’s fun.”
Speaking of the internet, Muonelo also admits that he’s been known to surf recruiting web sites. Mostly he likes to read what scouts and fans are saying about him, but he’s also interested in rankings.
“Yeah, I do take the rankings pretty seriously,” says the self described perfectionist. “I know they don’t really mean anything, and I don’t get mad or too excited or anything like that. But, I do try and be the best I can at everything I do and they can show me where I stand.”
Back to the issue of making his college choice, Muonelo hopes to have a decision ready by November. He’s all set to visit Kansas for Late Night festivities on the weekend of October 14th and from the sounds of it the Jayhawks will receive heavy consideration before he makes his final decision.
“They have a lot of tradition and they are a power school,” said Muonelo of the Jayhawks. “I mean everybody knows that Kansas is an elite school and they’re always on television, you just know about them.”