Tech’s 1st Commit for 2006!

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Nigel Munson has always wanted to play basketball in the Atlantic Coast Conference. “Watching it on TV, I see that it’s the one conference where the competition is always tough,” said Munson, who is a 6-1, 170-pound junior point guard out of DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD). “So I feel as a player that I fit into that conference and I can play at that level.”

He’ll get his chance. Yesterday, Munson became the first member of Virginia Tech’s 2006 recruiting class.

“They had most of the stuff that I was looking for in a school,” Munson said of Tech. He made an unofficial visit to Blacksburg for the basketball game versus North Carolina earlier this year. “They have a Graphic Arts program. They just have a great coaching staff and playing in the ACC is a big plus, too. They were one of the ACC schools that came to me and gave me this opportunity… so I seized it.”

The amoung of interest Virginia Tech has expressed in Munson solidified his decision to commit. About a week ago, he decided to narrow his list and make a decision.

“Virginia Tech was really looking at me during my sophomore year,” said Munson, who chose Tech over offers from Clemson, Miami and Xavier. “They were the one school coming around the school, seeing me play and watching me practice and stuff. I felt that they really cared about me and I felt that I shouldn’t keep them waiting so I should just make the choice. And that’s what I did.”

Munson averaged 12.8 points, 7.7 assists and 2.3 steals last season. Additionally, he shot 90 percent from the free throw line and 47 percent from 3-point range. A 3-star player as rated by and, Munson considers himself a “pass-first” point guard who is more than capable in many other areas.

“As a point guard, I don’t think most point guards can hit the open shot,” Munson said. “I think I can do that. I think I can dribble better than most point guards and I have good court awareness. I’m a leader on the floor.”

Munson helped DeMatha Catholic to a 29-2 season this year and a WCAC league championship title.

“It was a great experience,” Munson said. “My sophomore year I was the leading scorer on the team. I was scoring and stepping up in the games. This year, we had returning players who had gotten better I didn’t really have to score as much. I had teammates around me who could get the job done, so I think that’s why we were so successful.”

This summer, Munson will