Obi's Stock Soars

Obi Muonelo may not be a household name, but that could change - especially if he builds upon his big-time performance this past weekend.

The 6-foot-3 Santa Fe (Okla.) Edmond junior guard, who is's No. 27 ranked player in the Class of 2006, 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 hadn't started receiving any interest from North Carolina, despite having an older brother who attends the school, until recently. Now, Muonelo said that handwritten letters from the staff have come his way.

One of the reasons is because, in the past, traveling teams from Oklahoma weren't allowed to go on the road until school ended. However, that rule has changed beginning this season, which will allow Muonelo and his Athletes First teammates to get exposure in April.

Muonelo is hoping to carry his exploits over in April, when he and his Athletes First squad 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 [through], it's no big deal," Muonelo said.

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