Kamari Murphy

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Murphy looking to show full skill set at Miami

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In two seasons at Oklahoma State, forward Kamari Murphy played a role that didn’t change all that often. Defending, rebounding and being a supplemental figure on the offensive end were his responsibilities, and there didn’t seem to be much room for him to go outside of those roles. After a sophomore season in which he averaged 6.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, Murphy decided to transfer and ultimately wound up joining a Miami program that also worked hard to reel him in as a high school prospect but fell short.

Now eligible to compete after sitting out last season, the 6-foot-9 Murphy is eager to take the floor. And with that comes the desire to show that he can do a lot more skill-wise than he was able to do in two seasons in Stillwater, as noted in a story written by Christy Cabrera Chirinos of the Sun Sentinel.

“The two years I was [at Oklahoma State], we had great teams, but I think I was used in the wrong way and the media and press got the wrong perception of me, that I’m just a rebounder or a set screen guy,” Murphy said. “I’m [more] than that. This year, I’m not going to do too much, but I’m going to show people I have the skill work and my IQ is better than just setting screens and running the floor. That’s why I can’t wait to play, to prove people wrong.”

Murphy joins a front court that includes seniors Tonye Jekiri and Ivan Cruz Uceda, and there is room for the New York native to show off a wider array of skills. One of Miami’s personnel losses from last season was forward Omar Sherman, who transferred after averaging 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per contest as a freshman. While Sherman didn’t post prolific numbers, he was a face-up four who could step out onto the perimeter and hit shots in pick and pop situations.

Can Murphy fill a similar role for the Hurricanes, who have the pieces needed to return to the NCAA tournament after missing out in each of the last two seasons? Given Miami’s numbers in the front court, with just five scholarship options, head coach Jim Larrañaga and his staff will need Murphy to not only fill that role but be more productive in doing so.

Report: Kamari Murphy to transfer to Miami

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Former Oklahoma State power forward Kamari Murphy committed to play his final two years of college ball at Miami, he announced on Wednesday.

Murphy averaged 6.1 points and 6.3 boards as a sophomore with the Cowboys. He started for much of the season after Michael Cobbins went down with an achilles injury in December.

Murphy will have to sit out the 2014-2015 season due to the NCAA’s transfer regulations, but he will have two years of eligibility remaining in 2015-2016. He’s the latest example of head coach Jim Larranaga’s ability to tap into the Big 12 transfer market. Miami will be adding former Kansas State guard Angel Rodriguez and former Texas wing Sheldon McClellan this season.

Oklahoma State transfer Kamari Murphy to visit Miami, South Florida in June

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Kamari Murphy became the most recent player to exit the Oklahoma State program when he announced his decision to transfer on May 8. The 6-foot-8 sophomore is planning on visiting a pair of programs in Florida in early June.

Murphy, a Brooklyn native who attended IMG Academy in Florida, is scheduled to visit South Florida on June 1 and Miami a week later, according to Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv, who spoke with Murphy’s former AAU coach, Dana Dingle.

Miami head coach Jim Larranaga has scored with transfers in the past, most recently, his back court of Angel Rodriguez (Kansas State) and Sheldon McClellan (Texas), both of whom are eligible this upcoming season. South Florida hired Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua on April 1. It didn’t take him long to land his first impact transfer in ex-Marshall point guard Kareem Canty.

Murphy averaged 6.1 points and 6.3 boards per game for the Cowboys, being inserted into the starting lineup when Michael Cobbins went down with an injury in late December. He’ll have two years left to play once he sits out the 2014-2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules.