The University of Hawaii men’s basketball team secured the first of what expects to be a handful of offseason commitments for the 2021-22 season on Wednesday with point guard Juan Munoz.
“I’ve been here for five years, so I think I’ve accomplished everything that I wanted to accomplish here. The University of Longwood embraced and they loved me. I appreciate them for that, but I thought it was time for a new challenge and a new environment,” Munoz told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello. “Hawai’i was just one of those places that you can’t pass up and I realized that. Everyone around me realized that. I think that was an opportunity that I had to take.”
The former Longwood second team All-Big South selection this past season who will enter the program as a grad transfer redshirt junior averaged 13 points, 3 assists per game having posted a career high 29 points against Radford in December.
“I have family from Puerto Rico, so being on a island I’m use to it. I go out there every year, so island life is something that excited me. Talking with the coaching staff they said the people there are great. They love basketball. They love supporting the team. That’s something I appreciate very much and I can’t wait to see everybody out there come support the games next year.”
The Morrisville, North Carolina native ended his time with the Lancers on quite the run where in his final eight games, the 6’0″ guard scored in double figures in all eight games, averaging 16 points per outing, including 21 points in his season finale against Pepperdine in the College Basketball Invitational.
“I was the leader of the team, team captain of the team. I learned a lot this year. I think I can translate that over to Hawai’i and the whole basketball team and roster. I’ve been a part of a losing team. I’ve been a part of winning teams, so I know what both cultures feeling like. Just hopefully, bringing over that leadership and helping with guys just win. I think that is the biggest thing – just winning.”
The Rainbow Warriors currently have four pure guards on the roster as Munoz joins Junior Madut, Jovon McClanahan, Beon Riley, and Noel Coleman.
“From a basketball stand point, I think shooting the ball. That’s one of my biggest skills is shooting the ball. I think being able to stretch the floor and get guys open. Make their life easier, so that they can score and do what they need to do on offense is a big thing too.”
College Basketball commits can sign their National Letter of Intent starting April 14.