Let go by Saigon, impressive Fil-Am Munzon hoping to stay in ABL

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 31, 2017 05:45 PM
Let go by Saigon, impressive Munzon hoping to stay in ABL
GET YOUR NAME OUT THERE. Filipino-American Joshua Munzon, seen here warding off Ray Parks Jr., plans to play in the PBA D-League after the ongoing ABL season.

Averaging 18.2 points, 3.1 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and 4.1 steals, Filipino-American Joshua Munzon has been a revelation for Saigon in the 2016-2017 Asean Basketball League.

In his most recent outing, the Fil-Am showcased his skills right in front of his kababayans – scoring 20 points in a losing effort to Alab Pilipinas at the Olivarez College Gym in Paranaque.

Only, four days later, Munzon was released by the Heat.

This development, coming on the heels of highlights like these:

 

 

Nonetheless, the six-foot-four swingman was thankful for the opportunity to have continued his playing career. “I still would like to thank them for the chance to play here,” he expressed.

As it turns out, this, his first professional season, is also Munzon’s first time outside the US.

No matter how much of a shock being let go was, the 21-year-old remained upbeat about his future prospects. As he put it, “I’ve been talking to a couple different ABL teams. I got a couple of offers also from TBL (Thailand Basketball League).”

He then went on to say that he will take the next step in his playing career within the week.

And once the ABL season is over, Munzon declared his intentions of trying to make it in Philippine basketball. “I now have my (Philippine) passport. I just have to get recognized now,” he said, implying that he is now technically eligible to join Filipino professional leagues.

Getting more specific, he continued, “I’ll definitely get in the (PBA) D-League first and hopefully move forward from there.”

For the hyper-athletic swingman, playing again and again in front of his kababayans would be nothing but fun. “The atmosphere was crazy here. I enjoyed myself even though we lost by 20,” he expressed.

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