Another Bahamian basketball player is headed to France to play professional basketball. This time it’s Travis Munnings, former University of Louisiana-Monroe (ULM) Warhawks standout player who reached an agreement with Abeille des Aydes (ADA) Blois Basket 41, commonly known as ADA Blois. The team plays in the Pro B league in France, the second tier of basketball in that country. The team is based out of Blois, France.
The decision came just over a month after Munnings worked out with the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Prior to his workout with the Hornets, Munnings was invited to Impact Basketball Pro Day back in May. Impact Basketball is one of the world’s premier play development programs, and in addition to their regular activities, they also offer summer training camps.
ADA Blois welcomed Munnings to their team in a tweet on Monday.
Head Coach Mickaël Hay said on the team’s website: “Travis is a young player who handles the ball very well. He has good shooting skills and his athletic qualities are above average. This will be his first experience in Europe and we will make every effort to help him continue his progression.”
ADA Blois finished last season ranked number seven out of 18 teams in the league after posting a 19-15 win/loss record. They were swept 2-0 in the first round of the playoffs by Rouen Metropole in June of this year. They will open the upcoming season on October 11, 2019, against Amicale Laïque Michel (ALM) Évreux Basket.
Munnings, a forward, graduated from ULM with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology. He was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2018-2019 Honors Court.
In his final game for the Warhawks, a triple overtime 108-102 quarterfinal loss in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) to Texas Southern University in March, Munnings recorded a double-double, scoring 22 points and pulling down 10 boards. He connected on three shots from beyond the three-point arc.
In his senior year for the Warhawks, the Grand Bahamian averaged 15.2 points per game (ppg.) and 7.8 rebounds per game (rpg.) and pulled down 274 total rebounds. He shot 45.4 percent from the field and connected on 72 three-pointers , shooting 38.1 percent from three-point territory.
Munnings had a season-high 32 points back in December 2018 against Coppin State. In that same game he made eight three-pointers, a season-high.
Less than a month later, he had a season-high 13 rebounds against Georgia State University.
After declaring for the NBA draft after his junior season, Munnings decided to head back to ULM and play his senior year.
In his junior campaign, he started all 32 games and led his team in scoring, averaging 15.9 ppg. and in rebounding with 7.3 rpg.
Munnings is a member of The Bahamas’ Senior Men’s National Basketball Team. In the summer of 2018, he was on the national team that played in the third leg of the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) World Cup Qualifiers for the Americas. He averaged 11 ppg. and 5.5 rpg. in 30.4 minutes per contest. Munnings was instrumental in Team Bahamas defeating the Dominican Republic, 83-82, in their final game. He had 19 points and eight rebounds in that game.
Munnings is the latest Bahamian basketball player to join a French pro club. Less than a month ago, Jaraun “Kino” Burrows signed with Aix Maurienne and Kentwan Smith joined Garonne ASPTT (Association Sportive des Postes, Télégraphes et Téléphones) Basket.
Back in March of this year, Dominick Bridgewater jumped from high school to the professional ranks when he signed a junior pro contract with the Fos Provence Basket Club in Fos-sur-mer, France.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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