Record-setting Fil-Am Munzon open to playing in Philippines

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 29, 2017 06:45 PM
Record-setting Fil-Am Munzon open to playing in Philippines
NEXT STEP. Fil-Am Joshua Munzon has interest in playing in his native Philippines.

Just in his first year playing outside the US, Joshua Munzon has already left an indelible mark.

The Filipino-American set the record for most steals in a single season in the seven-year history of the Asean Basketball League.

 

 

Munzon tallied a total of 61 pilfers – reinforcing his recognition as an elite ballhawk. “That just shows that I have the motor to play hard every game. I’m going to go out there and get after the ball,” he expressed.

And that’s just the start for the six-foot-four swingman who wants nothing more than to keep proving himself – especially after his original team parted ways with him midway through the tournament. “I play with a chip on my shoulder. I play mad,” he said.

Indeed, not long after getting cut by Saigon, Munzon became one of the faces of Westports Malaysia. It was his entry that energized the defending champions who suffered a terrible start, but then found themselves contending for a playoff berth late in the season.

Of course, Munzon and the Dragons ultimately fell short and eventually ended their campaign with a 7-13 record.

Nonetheless, the now 22-year-old can rest assured that he has improved as a player. “I was a 21-year-old when I first started with Saigon. Now, I’m older and I know I’ve grown as a person and as a player,” he said.

With averages of 18.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.7 assists, the options seem endless when it comes to Munzon’s future. “We’ll see. I’m gonna go back home to LA, spend some time with family and friends, then talk to my agent,” he said, talking about what’s next for him.

He then continued, “I’ll weigh my options, but you could possibly see me back in the ABL next year or see me in the Philippines. It all depends.”

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