Sophomore business major Joshua Nunn recalls his interest in basketball at a young age and his first few years of playing the game. Today, he is a starting guard for the University of Dallas men’s basketball team.
“It was something all my friends were doing,” Nunn said. “I always watched the games and played the video games like NBA Street. I really just started at a young age, probably around five or six years old. It was really fun to have that passion from a young age.”
Nunn lettered three years of basketball in high school playing for the Missouri Hustle and WITTS Elite teams. He credits this time for having helped him develop the skills for the game that he would bring with him to UD.
“I was in a really competitive league in St. Louis, Missouri,” Nunn said. “Played against a couple division one players and had some on my team. There’s one in the [NBA] right now, Jason Tatum. His dad was my coach. It really got me going and ready for the physicality of the game.”
During the 2017-2018 season, Nunn swiped 21 steals, dished 35 assists and shot 88 percent at the free throw line, which was first among all Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) players. He had nine double-digit scoring performances. The extra effort outside of practice helped contribute to this success.
“Just shooting any chance you can get,” Nunn said. “A lot of guys [including] my teammates and roommates would go and take shots before practice or after games on off days, so really just putting in your daily work and getting in shots is what makes it work.”
Nunn commented on a goal he has for the program before graduating from UD.
“Definitely to win a conference championship,” Nunn said. “I don’t believe UD basketball has ever won a conference championship [before]. I believe [that with] the guys we have coming in from the freshman class we can definitely make a run at that this year, next year, and the year after that.”
Finally, Nunn shared one of his favorite memories with the UD men’s basketball program thus far.
“Definitely the Trinity home game last year,” Nunn said. “It was a really important game. Getting down to the wire we were up by 10, less than a minute left, and Michael Wambsganss took it down the court and threw it off the backboard to Spencer Levi. [Spencer is] gone now, but he’s still from St. Louis and still one of my best friends. Student section was amazing there too, so it was awesome.”
With the 2018-2019 basketball season wrapping up this month and two more seasons to come for Nunn and others, he is looking forward to making his goal a reality.