University of Hawaii men’s basketball team gets commitment from long-range shooter

Apr. 8—Point guard Juan Munoz, who hit 38.4 % of his 3s for Longwood University (Farmville, Va.) this season, is joining the University of Hawaii basketball team as a graduate transfer.

Munoz, a 6-foot, 170-pound point guard, said he will sign a scholarship agreement next Wednesday, the first day basketball prospects may put their commitments in writing. Munoz will have two years of UH eligibility.

“I’ve been (at Longwood ) for five years, and I felt it was time for a new experience, ” said Munoz, who entered the NCAA’s transfer portal two weeks ago. “Hawaii is a great opportunity for that.”

Munoz said he has had encouraging conversations with head coach Eran Ganot and assistant coach /defensive coordinator John Montgomery. Munoz’s high school coach, L.J. Hepp, worked for Montgomery’s father, Mike Montgomery, when the elder Montgomery coached at Stanford.

“Coach (John ) Montgomery was the guy who initially reached out to me, ” Munoz said. “We clicked right away when we started talking. And Coach Ganot, me and him, had several great conversations. I felt it was the right fit for me to develop as a basketball player and also as a man.”

Knee injuries prevented Munoz from playing his first two Longwood years. Munoz hit 43.2 % of his 3s in 2018-2019, and averaged 10.8 points in 2019-20. This season, Munoz averaged 13.0 points and 3.2 rebounds. He was named to the Big South’s second team.

Munoz earned a degree in business last year, and is set to complete work on an MBA this summer.

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