Xavier Munford

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Xavier Munford
Xavier Munford.jpg
No. 5 – Delaware Blue Coats
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNBA G League
Personal information
Born (1992-06-01) June 1, 1992 (age 27)
Hillside, New Jersey
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight173 lb (78 kg)
Career information
High schoolSaint Benedict's
(Newark, New Jersey)
College
NBA draft2014 / Undrafted
Playing career2014–present
Career history
2014–2016Bakersfield Jam
2016Memphis Grizzlies
2016–2017Greensboro Swarm
2017FC Barcelona Lassa
2017–2018Wisconsin Herd
2017–2018Milwaukee Bucks
2018→Wisconsin Herd
2018Fujian Sturgeons
2019Wisconsin Herd
2019–presentDelaware Blue Coats
Career highlights and awards

Xavier Munford (born June 1, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Delaware Blue Coats of the NBA G League. He played two seasons of college basketball for the Rhode Island Rams.

High school career[edit]

Munford attended Saint Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey. As a senior in 2009–10, he helped the Grey Bees to a 26–1 record and the No. 2 national ranking, while averaging 12 points per game.[1]

College career[edit]

As a freshman at Miami Dade College in 2010–11, Munford averaged 17.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 steals in 32 games. He was subsequently named the FCSAA's Newcomer of the Year and was a First Team All-NJCAA Region 8 selection.[1]

In 2011, Munford transferred to Iowa Western Community College, where as a sophomore in 2011–12, he averaged 16.6 points per game for the Reivers, leading the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC). He helped guide Iowa Western to a 24–9 record en route to the NJCAA Region 11 finals, and was a 2011–12 NJCAA Division I All-American selection.[1]

Following the 2011–12 season, Munford signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball for the University of Rhode Island.[2]

As a junior playing for the Rhode Island Rams in 2012–13, Munford was named to the USBWA All-District I team.[1] In 29 games, he averaged 17.4 points (ranked third in the Atlantic 10 Conference), 2.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 steals in 35.4 minutes per game.[3]

As a senior in 2013–14, Munford became the fastest player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau, getting there in his final home game for the Rams against Fordham.[4][5] In 32 games, he averaged 16.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 35.6 minutes per game.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Bakersfield Jam (2014–2016)[edit]

2014–15 season[edit]

Munford went undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft. On November 1, 2014, Munford was selected by the Maine Red Claws in the third round of the 2014 NBA Development League Draft.[5] He was later traded to the Bakersfield Jam on draft night.[6] On November 14, he made his professional debut in a 127–125 loss to the Texas Legends, recording seven points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 10 minutes.[7] He appeared in 51 games for Bakersfield in 2014–15, averaging 11.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game.[8]

2015–16 season[edit]

In July 2015, Munford joined the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2015 NBA Summer League.[9] On November 2, he returned to the Jam.[10] On January 29, 2016, he was named in the West All-Star team for the 2016 NBA D-League All-Star Game.[11][12] In 42 games for the Jam in 2015–16, he averaged 20.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.0 steals per game.

Memphis Grizzlies (2016)[edit]

On March 16, 2016, Munford signed a 10-day contract with the Memphis Grizzlies to help the team deal with numerous injuries. Memphis had to use an NBA hardship exemption in order to sign him as he made their roster stand at 18, three over the allowed limited of 15.[13] The next day, he made his NBA debut in a 96–86 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, recording two points, one rebound and two steals in 11 minutes off the bench.[14] On March 27, he signed a second 10-day contract with the Grizzlies.[15] On April 1, he had a 12-point game against the Toronto Raptors.[16] On April 7, he signed a multi-year contract with the Grizzlies.[17] On June 25, 2016, the Grizzlies parted ways with Munford after they declined to exercise their team option on his contract for the 2016–17 season.[18][19]

Greensboro Swarm (2016–17)[edit]

In July 2016, Munford re-joined the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2016 NBA Summer League.[20] On September 26, 2016, he signed with the Los Angeles Clippers,[21] but was later waived on October 12 after appearing in two preseason games.[22] On November 12, he was acquired by the Greensboro Swarm of the NBA Development League.[23]

Barcelona Lassa (2017)[edit]

On February 3, 2017, Munford signed with FC Barcelona Lassa until the end of the season due to the injury problems of the Spanish team.[24] On June 8, 2017, Barcelona announced the end of their contract with Munford.[25]

Wisconsin Herd (2017–18)[edit]

Munford appeared in two games during the 2017 NBA Summer League for the Golden State Warriors.

On October 5, 2017, Munford signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.[26] Seven days later, he was waived by the Bucks.[27] On October 15, 2017, the Greensboro Swarm traded Munford and a 2018 second-round pick to the Bucks affiliate Wisconsin Herd for their 2017 and 2018 first-round selections.[28]

Milwaukee Bucks (2018)[edit]

On January 7, 2018, Munford signed a two-way contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, meaning throughout the rest of the season that year, he'd split his playing time between the Bucks and the affiliate Herd.[29] The move also resulted in the Bucks converting Sean Kilpatrick to a regular season contract, as well as waiving Joel Bolomboy from the Bucks after previously promoting him to a regular season contract as well.

Fujian Sturgeons (2018)[edit]

On December 23, 2018, Munford was reported to have signed with Fujian Sturgeons,[30] and made his debut on the same day with a double-double, scoring 28 points, ten rebounds, five assists and a block in a 106–95 win over the Shanghai Sharks,[31] but was later reported to be replaced by Eugene Jeter after five days.[32]

Return to Wisconsin Herd (2019)[edit]

On January 28, 2019, the Wisconsin Herd announced that they had signed Munford.[33]

Delaware Blue Coats (2019–present)[edit]

On October 26, 2019, Munford was named to the training camp roster of the Delaware Blue Coats of the NBA G League.[34]

National team career[edit]

Munford played with the senior United States national team at the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup, where he won a gold medal.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Memphis 14 0 17.4 .416 .391 .500 2.2 1.6 .9 .2 5.7
2017–18 Milwaukee 6 0 3.5 .167 .000 .500 .2 .7 .2 .0 .5
Career 20 0 13.3 .398 .360 .500 1.6 1.3 .7 .2 4.2

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016 Memphis 4 0 22.3 .321 .125 .000 2.3 2.5 1.5 .8 4.8
Career 4 0 22.3 .321 .125 .000 2.3 2.5 1.5 .8 4.8

Career statistics[edit]

Domestic leagues[edit]

Season Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014-15 Bakersfield Jam D-League 51 22.2 .523 .321 .779 3.4 2.8 1.0 .3 11.5
2015-16 41 33.2 .520 .414 .811 4.2 6.5 1.0 .4 20.4
2016-17 Greensboro Swarm D-League 30 37.2 .421 .316 .806 4.8 5.3 1.1 0.3 18.5

Personal life[edit]

Munford is the son of Zamora and Darren Munford, and has a younger brother, Elijah.[1]

References[edit]

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  24. ^ "Barcelona brings in Munford at point". Euroleague.net. February 3, 2017. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  25. ^ "Alex Renfroe i Xavier Munford no seguiran al Barça Lassa". fcbarcelona.cat (in Spanish). June 8, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
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  27. ^ "Bucks Request Waivers on Xavier Munford". NBA.com. October 12, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  28. ^ "Wisconsin Herd Acquire Returning Player Rights to Xavier Munford". NBA.com. October 15, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
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  34. ^ "Delaware Blue Coats Announce 2019 Training Camp Roster and Schedule". NBA.com. October 26, 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2019.

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