Rising stock

After withdrawing from the NBA draft back in June of this year, Travis Munnings decided to head back to the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks for his senior year and so far, it’s been beneficial eight games into the new season.

The 6’ 6” forward is averaging the highest minutes on the team this year again playing for 34.8 minutes per game (mpg). Hoping to get his stock up for this year’s draft, Munnings has been aggressive as he also leads his team in scoring with 17.6 points per game (ppg).

On Wednesday, December 12, Munnings helped fueled his team to a close 72-67 victory against Grambling State University Tigers at home.

Munnings helped get his team off to the right start by scoring back-to-back baskets, one that included a dunk.

Munnings ended the game with 16 points in 26 minutes of play. He showed his long-distance range by connecting on two of his four three-point attempts. He also grabbed four rebounds to go along with two steals.

One of the other bright sides of the game for Munnings was his one turnover. He is averaging 2.5 turnovers per game.

It was his team’s first game back from a tough five-game road trip where they only won one game.

This game against the Tigers was their first game in 10 days. The previous game was against the Ole Miss Rebels. In that game he led his Warhawks with 17 points as his team fell 83-60.

Against the Rebels he was going to be playing against another Bahamian, Franco Miller Jr. However, Miller is out with a knee injury and can return at some point during the season.

Munnings hails from Grand Bahama and went to the same high school as Buddy Hield, Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas. In his senior year back in 2015, Munnings averaged a double double with 12 ppg and 10 rebounds per game (rpg).

This season he reached the 20-point plateau twice. He dropped a season-high 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds against Millsaps College Majors last month. Against the Tennessee Technical Golden Eagles, the senior scored 22 points in the loss.

The Warhawks are 4-4 this season. It is still early in the season and they are still figuring out how to play together.

Last season, Munnings was the only player to start all 32 games for the Warhawks. He led ULM in scoring with 15.9 ppg. He grabbed an average of 7.3 rpg and led them in minutes played with 34.6 per game.

Munnings has been given the role of team leader this season and he has been showing that through his improved numbers.

This past summer, Munnings represented The Bahamas at the 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.

Munnings averaged 14 ppg and grabbed 5.5 rpg in those qualifiers.

ULM will be looking to make it a two-game winning streak when they resume today at 2 p.m. against the Stephen F. Austin University Lumberacks.

The Lumberjacks return to action after having eight days off. They have a 5-3 record on the season.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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