He didn’t come into the 2016-17 season as one of the household names in the state of Wisconsin. Heck, this fast-rising prospect wasn’t probably even in the top 20 of the state rankings. But a name Division 3, 2, and even Division 1 programs need to know is Ripon (Wis.) 2017 small forward Eddie Muench.
Perhaps the biggest surprise and most underrated player in the Badger State this season, Muench is putting up eye-popping numbers and doing it against strong competition. Following a strong two-game spurt at the 2016 WBY Shootout, Division 1 programs are considering Muench for a walk-on spot to fill out their 2017 classes.
In two games at the WBY Shootout, Muench totaled 57 points against Wauwatosa East and Dominican. He shot better than 50 percent from the field in those two games and was a combined 7-of-18 from 3-point range.
Part of a 9-0 Ripon squad, Muench is averaging a team-best 24.3 points per game alongside Ohio commit Bennett Vander Plas. A sharpshooting wing, Muench is shooting 50.7 percent from the field, including 41.3 percent from 3-point range this season. Muench has scored 25 or more points in four games this season, including two 30-point efforts. He’s also knocked down three or more triples in five of nine outings.
Muench, who played for the Wisconsin Swing, has looked like a prep star at times this season. A player who moves very well without the ball, Muench has a quick release and can catch and shoot on the go. Able to shoot off-balance, Muench’s shot is very difficult to contest and he makes tough shots look rather easy.
What has schools buzzing is Muench’s frame. At 6-foot-4, Muench looks to still be growing and filling out into his body. A late bloomer in the senior class, there’s still so much potential for Muench who’s improved his dribble penetration, on-ball defending, and offensive versatility.
Muench was primarily known as a shooter who would spot up and feed off dribble penetration. While he still does that at a high level, Muench has rounded out other parts of his game and is working his way to being a complete offensive threat. His movement without the ball is extremely impressive as Muench plays angles very well and sets his feet off cuts without losing speed.
Muench listed Oshkosh, Stevens Point, La Crosse, and St. Norbert’s as schools he’s been in contact with. Winona State has also reached out to Muench’s coach as have a couple of Division 1 programs. If he falls to the Division 3 level, it will be a huge steal as Muench has the potential to put up big numbers. Certainly a Division 2 talent, schools should be rushing to grab this sleeper who’s only getting better later in his career.