After a breakout senior season in which he helped the Ripon High School boys’ basketball team go 26-1 and qualify for state, Eddie Muench picked up where he left off last year.
The class of 2017 graduate stepped in and made an immediate impact at Rockhurst University, which is a Division II school located in Kansas City, Mo.
Despite initially planning to redshirt, Muench played in all 28 of Rockhurst’s games as a freshman and started in 18 of them.
He scored 9.8 points per game, which was the fourth most on the team, while averaging the second-most minutes (29) per game.
Muench also added two rebounds and 1.57 assists per game.
The former Ripon Tiger’s biggest moment as a Hawk came Nov. 18 in Rockhurst’s home opener against Washburn as he made a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired in overtime to lift his team to an 89-87 victory.
He also scored a career-high 23 points Dec. 30 in an 84-80 win over Newman. It was one of his 13 double-digit-scoring games.
All of this success comes off a year in which Muench scored a Ripon High School single-season record 625 points, which moved him into third on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,230 points.
This was despite playing just three years for Ripon after he transferred from Oshkosh Lourdes following his freshman season.
Muench, who was helping Ripon College head men’s basketball coach Ryan Kane out with a camp this week, took some time Tuesday for “Q&A” with The Ripon Commonwealth Press.
Q. You went into the school year thinking you were going to be redshirted. How difficult was it to shift gears to playing?
A. It wasn’t too bad of a transition, I guess. It was when I got there that I realized I could play ... The coaches helped me out a lot with it. I didn’t have to shift gears too much ... It was a lot easier than you would think.
Read the full story, which includes information on whether he would prefer to dunk the ball or make a 3-pointer, in the June 21, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.