Can you introduce yourself?
My name is Brandon Muntu. I am from Montreal, Quebec (Canada). But I grew up in Calgary, Alberta. I have three younger siblings that are 16, 15, and 10 years old with a single mother.
When and how did you start playing basketball?
I’ve been around the game of basketball since I’ve been 1 year old. My passion and love started from watching Kobe Bryant and LeBron James play. As I got older and growing up in the hood, basketball became a gateway for me to relieve pain, happiness and frustration. It was a way of life for me. Growing up in Forest Lawn “44” the streets were all these kids would look forward if they weren’t doing sports. Basketball was a way of life and I knew someday with it I would take care of my family with it.
Can you tell us more about your basketball path growing up to now?
My whole life, I was always the underdog. I had a good highschool career becoming the 2nd leading scorer in the country by my junior year and also winning back to back city champs my freshman and sophomore years. But I still was overlooked in the states eyes. I played on the provincial team for two years and I also tryout for Team Canada but I got cut both times. I knew I was good enough to play in the United States so I tried everyday to be different but always been overlooked. I came down to America and drifted.
How can you describe your game? What are your main strengths on the court?
I would say my game is a comparison of my D’Angelo Russell and James Harden. I can score the ball anywhere on the floor and facilitate the ball at any time. My biggest strength is my ability to shoot the ball anywhere on the court.
Have you ever traveled abroad for basketball? If yes, can you describe your experiences?
I have traveled all over North America to play basketball. I have built a lot of relationships, connections at these places with the game and also most importantly got ton of learning experiences from people who have been in the longer than me and also played at a high level.
What do you expect from your basketball career?
What I expect from my basketball career is to be able to provide for myself and my family with the game but also able to play at a high level which is the NBA for a good long period of time.
“Training with Hustle & Royalty brought a different atmosphere in my life” Brandon Muntu
You train with Hustle & Royalty. Why did you choose her? And what do these trainings with coach Jasmine Parker bring to you?
Training with Hustle & Royalty brought a different atmosphere in my life. I chose Jasmine Parker because with her it’s more than just basketball. She could be honest with me on and off the court and she will help me to be better everyday. When you are able to build a relationship with someone, that would go out their way to make you successful as well just brings a different understanding and relationship that I have come to build with her to get to my dreams. The training has been different in terms of just understanding the little things about the game that changes your game in drastic ways. As Jasmine Parker has played D1 ball and the pro level, she has brought what she learned and done to me and helped my game increase. The details matter.
To conclude, do you have something else to tell?
I just have a message to all the young ones that look up to me and the ones that don’t, which is to keep chasing their dreams and never give up. “If you want it as bad as you can breathe, then you will be successful.” A quote that I live up to by a famous Motivational speaker Eric Thomas. If you love something as bad as you want to breathe, you should be able to do anything in the world because it shows when things could get tough, you could still fight through it and get it done. You gotta learn to be different than others.