Daevonte Munson (188-G) is a 188cm guard from Roseville, Minnesota that is currently enrolled at Valley City State University (NAIA). He averaged 5.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1spg and 5.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 79.2% in the last 2 seasons. He began his basketball career at Roseville Area High School. He then played 2 years at Dakota County Technical College (JUCO) averaging 3.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 9.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 26.0%, FT: 83.3%. He is taking part at the 2022 Howard Hoops Germany Pro Tour and spoke to germanhoops.com about basketball.
Thanks Daevonte for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you at a moment?
So right now I am entering my senior year at the NAIA level of basketball. Basketball has taken me a lot of places as far as competition and just traveling the world. I’m choosing to go this route in basketball because I want to get comfortable with the professional life before I actually go play in the euro league. This is something I want to make apart of my life.
You now are with the 2022 Howard Hoops tour. How did connect with Ron Howard?
I connected with Ron through my cousin Suzanne Gilreath. She used to hoop at the university of Wisconsin and trained with me a few times throughout the years and believed I had some skill to play professionally. She sent me Ron information and just went from there.
Ron Howard has a super track record for getting guys jobs. How blessed do you feel having got to know Ron Howard
I feel very blessed. This has been a dream of my brothers and I my whole life and for it to come true one day is a blessing from God.
How have you learned to appreciate him as a person who has been trying to help unproven guys get a job overseas since a decade?
I appreciate his honesty and his dedication to getting talent out there.
It is rare but NAIA guys find jobs. Here some guys who came out of the NAIA with Chris Coffey, Cameron Hunt and Kyle Mangas that have made the transition. How tough was it for you coming out of the NAIA to find a team as a rookie?
The hard part was connecting because even if you reach out to people and they don’t know you or what you can do then it’s easy to pass you up and I’m grateful Ron put his trust in me
Does knowing that there have been NAIA guys make a name for themselves give you hope about landing a job overseas?
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 188cm guard. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the bill?
Shai Gilegous Alexander
You can score and rebound the ball well. What other strengths does your game have?
On what area’s of your game are you working on most now so that you will be best prepared for your next challenge?
Creating my own shot and using my length
How do you feel could you be an instant asset to any professional team overseas with your game?
Defense and quickness.
You began your career at Dakota County Technical College (JUCO) playing 54 games. I have interviewed many guys that played JUCO and every guy has said it was very tough but an experience they would always do again. How was the whole experience for you?
Juco is definitely not for everyone so if you don’t love hooping then don’t go Juco it’s not going to end well.
You then made the jump to Valley City State University (NAIA) averaging 5,0ppg in both seasons. How do you feel did your game grow further in those 2 years?
I became an aggressive scorer and way more advanced rebounder than I was in high school and Juco. I believe I would average more points at Valley City State if I was eligible my first year playing and if I didn’t get hurt the first half of the season my second year. My last year there will be my best year for sure.
How did head coach Ryan Montgomery groom and prepare you best for a professional career?
Positioning and staying in shape is something he has taught me in the long run of the game of basketball. He realizes anyone can score with confidence but once you find it, he will make something happen for you
Who won a 1-1 in practice you or Jalen Addison?
We usually played three dribble and Jalen taught me some things about skill that I have adjusted to my game. He would win and I would win but he definitely got that crown throughout my two years being there.
Who was the toughest player that you ever battled on a court anywhere that made the NBA?
Please name your 5 best teammates of all-time?
Please name your personal NBA Mount Rushmore?
What is your personal opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Jordan or Lebron?
Jordan is better.
Where do you rank Steph Curry right now of the best point guards of all-time
Did you see the sequel to the classic Coming To America? Shouldn’t they have left it alone?
I have not seen it.
Thanks Daevonte for the Chat
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