WEST END — Tre Munson has just made history. All he had to do was sign on the dotted line.
The 2021 graduate became the first athlete from the Cincinnati College Prep Academy (CCPA) to go Division I when he signed to play for New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Sunday afternoon.
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“He (Munson) is one of the hardest-working kids I’ve coached. He got better every year from his sophomore season to now,” CCPA head basketball coach Reggie Revels said. “It’s a testament to his work ethic and discipline.”
Munson started a stellar prep career at Deer Park, where he averaged 13.6 points per game as a junior in 2020, helping lead the Wildcats to a regional championship appearance, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Munson was a first-team All-Cincinnati Hills League and honorable mention all-district selection.
After playing briefly at International Sports Academy (ISA) in Willoughby, Ohio, Munson transferred to CCPA, where he was reunited with Revels, who was an assistant at Deer Park before being named the Lions’ next head coach in June 2020.
As a senior, Munson averaged 21.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, helping lead CCPA to a Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference-Blue division title and a pair of playoff victories. The 6-foot-4-inch guard was named honorable mention all-conference, second-team all-district and third-team All-Ohio.
Munson was named one of the Top 21 under-the-radar boys basketball recruits in a feature done by The Enquirer in May 2021.
Munson reclassified to the Class of 2022 last summer and attended the Pro Holmes Sports (PHS) Academy, a post-graduate basketball program in Florida, where he picked up multiple Division I offers, including North Carolina A&T, Florida Gulf Coast University and Jacksonville University. At PHS, he averaged 17.5 points, 5.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game while shooting 36% from three-point range.
NJIT has now quickly become a sort of local hotbed for Cincinnati talent. Last month, Woodward guard Paul McMillan IV, one of the most prolific scorers in Ohio high school basketball history, signed his NLI to suit up for the Highlanders, which play in the American East Conference.