DAVID MUOKA AND JUSTIN WEBSTER TO TRANSFER TO UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM
6-foot-10-inch center from Lamar and 6-foot-3-inch guard from Hawaii added to 2021-22 Runnin’ Rebel roster
The UNLV men’s basketball program has received signed commitments from David Muoka (pronounced: moo-WALK-uh) and Justin Webster to join the Runnin’ Rebels for the 2021-22 season, head coach Kevin Kruger announced Friday.
Muoka is a transfer from Lamar and Webster is transferring from Hawaii. Both are expected to have three years of eligibility remaining and to be immediately eligible to play at UNLV.
“We are extremely excited for David and Justin to be joining the Runnin’ Rebel program,” Kruger said. “David’s proven experience as a player and teammate, earning his former conference’s Defensive Player of the Year award, will be a great addition to our upcoming team. Justin’s ability to shoot the ball and make plays will fit well with the type of basketball we want to play and the team that we are assembling.”
A 6-foot-10-inch, 210-pound center, originally from Hong Kong, Muoka played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Lamar. He earned this year’s Southland Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year award as he averaged 6.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game during league play. Overall, during the 2020-21 season, he shot 51% from the floor and ranked sixth in the nation in blocked shots per game with 2.96.
During his two years at Lamar, Muoka appeared in 57 games, making 32 starts. He was also named to the Southland’s All-Defensive Team. Possessing a 7-foot-3-inch wingspan, he blocked a career-high nine shots in a win over Stephen F. Austin this past season. He came to Lamar from the Athlete Institute (prep school) in Ontario, Canada.
Webster, a 6-foot-3-inch, 180-pound guard from Dallas, Texas, played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Hawaii. He led his team in scoring this year, averaging 12.3 ppg and earned All-Big West honorable mention honors. He started all 20 games he appeared in this season and has played in 47 career games with 29 starts.
Webster was Hawaii’s co-captain and led the team in 3-pointers made (34) and minutes played (30.0 mpg) during the 2020-21 season. He made 48% of his shots from the field, was 38% on 3-pointers and 78% from the free-throw line. In conference play, his shooting percentages increased to 51% from the field and 43% on 3-pointers. He recorded three games during this past season with 20 or more points and scored in double figures a total of 13 times. He came to Hawaii from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia and prior to that attended Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas. A former three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and 247 Sports, Webster scored nearly 2,000 points during his three-year high school career.
Muoka and Webster join Royce Hamm Jr., from Texas, Victor Iwaukor from Oklahoma, Jordan McCabe from West Virginia and Donovan Williams, also from Texas, as incoming transfers to the UNLV men’s basketball program.
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