“At the end of the day, we came to a mutual agreement it was best for him to continue his career elsewhere,” is how Huggins described the nature of Murray’s departure to Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News.
Murray averaged 8.8 points for the Mountaineers this past season, but he spent much of the year in the doghouse, at times struggling to get consistent minutes. Murray averaged 15.2 points and 7.7 boards as a sophomore at La Salle, but he got the boot from that program as well, which turned out to be the best thing that John Giannini could have done; La Salle made the Sweet 16 this past season.
Murray transferred to West Virginia after leaving La Salle and was arrested for marijuana possession while sitting out the 2011-2012 season. Where this story gets interesting, however, is that Murray has already graduated from WVU, per Borzello. With a year of eligibility remaining, he can transfer to another program without sitting out a season. Will anyone be willing to take the risk on a kid that has gotten kicked off of two teams in the span of three years?
Murray becomes the fifth player to transfer out of West Virginia this offseason. Jabarie Hinds, Aaron Brown and Volodymry Gerun all left the program in early April, while Keaton Miles transferred out in May. It’s understandable. After finishing last season under .500, Huggins decided to clean house.
WVU actually looks like it is heading in the right direction, however. They have a young back court returning — Juwan Staten, Eron Harris, Terry Henderson, Gary Browne — and bring in a recruiting class headlined by four-star big men Devin Williams and Elijah Macon.
Arizona commit Terrance Ferguson has been known as one of the best dunkers in the country for the last few years. So you knew the 6-foot-6 wing was going to attempt the latest internet dunk craze that’s been going around.
Some call it the, “5-point play” in which the dunker makes a 3-pointer and immediately sprints following the shot release to catch the make for an under-the-legs dunk.
It’s as tough as it sounds and Ferguson makes it look easy.
Bol Bol is the son of former NBA center Manute Bol, and the younger Bol is earning quite a bit of attention himself as a five-star prospect in the Class of 2018.
The 6-foot-11 Bol showed off some of his freakish coordination and athleticism on Friday night, by ripping a steal and taking it coast-to-coast for an under-the-legs dunk in the middle of a game at the Jayhawk Invitational.
Bol will be one of the players to watch this spring as he plays with KC Run GMC.
Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long gets hardship waiver to play additional year
“Everything happens for a reason and although it hurt to not be able to play for a group of guys I loved last year, my body needed time to recover and that time off allowed me to feel the best I’ve felt since my freshman year,” Mitrou-Long said in the release. “I’m glad I’ll be able to play for the best fans in the country and represent the name on the front of my jersey, Iowa State, one more year. Words can’t describe this feeling. Cyclone Nation, be ready for a special year.”
The 6-foot-4 Long played in eight games last season for Iowa State as he averaged 12 points per game. He missed the rest of the season to deal with pain in his surgically repaired hips. Mitrou-Long has been a very effective three-point shooter during his career at Iowa State and he should be a nice option to have for next season if he’s healthy.
CIAA will stay in North Carolina despite state’s LGBT law
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won’t move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite the state’s controversial new LGBT law.
The CIAA said in a statement Thursday that it will instead partner with the NCAA to educate its members on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues as it does on other issues, like graduation rates and concussion management.
The Charlotte Observer reports that the CIAA, the oldest African-American sports conference in the U.S., has hosted its annual basketball tournament in Charlotte since 2006 and announced it was moving its headquarters to Charlotte from Virginia in 2015.
The CIAA said Thursday that it will continue to “monitor the issues,” as it has since House Bill 2 passed.
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