Muonelo Makes It Official

STILLWATER, Okla. ( — Obi Muonelo, a senior at Edmond Santa Fe High School and the Daily Oklahoman's boy's basketball Player of the Year as a junior, has signed a National Letter of Intent with Oklahoma State, it was announced today.

Muonelo, at 6-5, 215 pounds, has been a starter for Edmond Santa Fe the past two seasons. He can play the point or shooting guard positions, as well as on the wing. The Wolves are ranked No. 1 in Class 6A in the preseason polls.

"I love their coaching, their style of play, and the crowds," said Muonelo regarding Oklahoma State. "I just love the people there. You know they're great coaches, but you wouldn't even know it because they're such great people. Their tradition was a huge part of it. That probably was the biggest part of my decision."

Muonelo, who led the Wolves to the Class 6A state title a year ago, averaged 18 points, 10.2 rebounds, three assists and 2.3 steals per game last season. Edmond Santa Fe finished with a 25-4 record last year, defeating top-ranked Putnam City and No. 2 Bartlesville en route to the state title. Muonelo was named the state tournament Most Valuable Player.

"Based on what I've seen, Obi will make an immediate impact on our team next season," said assistant coach Jimmy Williams. "He is a playmaker. He can pass and shoot extremely well, and is an outstanding athlete. Obi has a tremendous feel for the game, and will make other players around him better. He impressed a lot of people during the summer circuit."

Muonelo chose OSU over Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois and Texas.

Muonelo joins Gary Flowers, a 6-8, 205-pound forward, as OSU's recruiting class for 2006.

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