Canadian Import Munis Tutu

24 Jul

SONY DSCCanada might be known for Hockey, but the sport of basketball is on the rise for our northern neighbors.  The country has quietly produced some of the top basketball prospects for the NCAA over the past few years.  Andrew Wiggins, Myck Kabongo, Nik Stauskas, and Melvin Ejim can all trace their beginnings to Canada.  However, there is a new 2015 prospect eager to make a name for himself to be mentioned in the same sentence with those aforementioned.  6’0″ 160 pound point guard Munis Tutu has had a long journey to get where he is today, and that is being one of the nations best up-and-coming 2015 guards.

A native of Egypt, Munis moved to Canada when he was just nine months old.  But at the age of three, his father bought Munis a basketball net, and it was love at first sight.  Tutu later went on to star at J.L. Forster High School in Windsor  for two years.  In his first season of high school, he made the city all-star game to go along with a 20-1 record.  But season two was where Munis started to make a name for himself, he averaged 24 points and seven assists per game, including a 47 point outing.  However, last Summer, competing in the Team Boldt of Canada for AAU, Munis decided to transfer to La Lumiere after being spotted by head coach Alan Huss at the Best Buy Chicago tournament.  La Lumiere is one of the nation’s top high school basketball programs in the country located in Indiana, which produces division one players every year.  “I felt it was a great place to help me focus on academics” said Munis, “and play high-level basketball.”

Playing in the Nike EYBL with The Family (MI) for Munis has helped him grow a lot as a player in the Summer.  “It helped me to see what I have to work on, and what my weaknesses are.”  The Family qualified for Peach Jam in the 16u level, but were unable to win a game in the tournament.  But overall Munis enjoyed the Summer,  “With how it went this year, it shows I can play with the best of them [players in the country].”

This Summer, Munis has seen his college recruiting reach new levels.  Tutu currently has offers from the likes of Binghamton, Detroit, UMass, Kent State, and Charleston, with high interest from Iowa State, Auburn and Butler.  “For college, I want to go to a school where I will be most comfortable and will go in, play and make an impact.”  Education will also play a role in choosing a school, as Munis would one day like to pursue a career in the medicine field.

As far as a skill set is concerned, what Munis brings to the table is a point guard that will give you good energy offensively and defensively, and good vision and basketball IQ.  Another part that Munis has added to his game is his shot.  “My shooting is also what I added to my game and what will make me more dangerous on the court.”

Expectations will once again be high at La Lumiere, especially when you have the backcourt composed of Tutu, JoJo Anderson, and incoming transfer and fellow class of 2015 guard Jalen Coleman, who already has high-major offers.  After playing behind senior Jalen James, who latter went on to commit to San Jose State,  Munis wants to make a splash for his second season of American basketball.  “I hope this year I can be recognized as one of the top point guards in the country, try and win the [high school] national championship of course, and be the #1 team in the country.

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