Sistrunk stands out

Justin Sistrunk scored 43 points against B.B. Comer last week.

Justin Sistrunk was selected The Daily Home Player of the Week after leading the Munford High School boys basketball team past B.B. Comer 75-71 last week.

“It is an honor,” Sistrunk said. “I wouldn’t have been able to do this without my teammates, especially Anthony Stevens. He helped me get the points by passing it to me.”

Sistrunk was dominant in the low post against Comer as he recorded 43 points and pulled down 15 rebounds.

“I was just pounding the paint, giving effort and going hard,” Sistrunk said. “The way I see the 15 rebounds, if you want it bad enough, you should go get it. If you don’t, it is just a waste of time.”

“He had a great week,” Munford head coach Trent South said. “He had a great game against B.B. Comer. He played stellar, out of his mind. He was unstoppable for us.”

Sistrunk is a two-sport standout at Munford. The 6-foot-2 forward also plays running back and outside linebacker for the football team. Sistrunk has football scholarship offers from Division I programs UAB, Middle Tennessee State, South Alabama and Southern Mississippi.

The highly-touted prospect said he approaches basketball with the same aggressiveness that he had on the gridiron.

“Football is aggressive, but you have pads on,” Sistrunk said. “Basketball is aggressive, but you have nothing to help you or prevent yourself from being injured.

Through five games, Munford has already matched last season’s win total of two.

“It is going better than what I expected it was going to go,” Sistrunk said. “I thought it was going to go like last year, but we have gotten our team chemistry together, and I think we have a chance (to make it to the playoffs).”

South is a first-year head coach at Munford. The new Lions basketball boss said he needs Sistrunk to consistently play well if they are going to have success this season.

“I need him to be a leader,” South said. “Everybody rallies around him when he is playing well, and when he doesn’t play well, the team doesn’t play well.”

Sistrunk said his favorite basketball player is two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant.

“I like that he is a scoring machine,” Sistrunk said. “I think my game is similar shooting wise, but with the (way that he works on his) craft, I don’t think that I am there yet.”