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Murray State has decided on a successor to Steve Prohm

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The last domino in the 2015 Coaching Carousel has fallen.

Matt McMahon, a former assistant coach at Murray State and currently an assistant at Louisiana Tech, will replace Steve Prohm, according to a release from the school. Prohm left the Racers on Monday to replace Fred Hoiberg as the head coach at Iowa State.

McMahon was hired by new Louisiana Tech head coach Eric Konkol as associate head coach late last month. To get an idea of just how long he lasted in Ruston, McMahon’s most recent tweet — from June 1st — talks about how excited he is to start his first full week with the Bulldogs. He played his college ball at Appalachian State, where he played in the NCAA tournament as was a two-year starter.

“I want to thank Allen Ward and President Davies for giving me the opportunity to return to Murray State as the head basketball coach,” McMahon said in the release. “My family and I have enjoyed our four years in this community and we look forward to many more. I also owe a great deal of thanks to Steve Prohm for bringing me to Murray and serving as a mentor to me. I also want to thank our players past and present for their hard work and commitment to the program. Their success on the court, in the classroom and in the community has allowed me to be in this position today.”

This decision is also important for Iowa State fans, as they wait to find out who will be on the Cyclone staff next season. Will Prohm’s current staff remain with McMahon in Murray, Kentucky, or will they be following Prohm to Ames, Iowa? Will Prohm begin his Cyclone tenure with proven high-major recruiters — T.J. Otzelberger? — on staff?

Report: Murray State guard Cameron Payne heavily considering NBA Draft

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source: AP

Murray State missed out on the NCAA tournament this season, but sophomore guard Cameron Payne burst onto the national scene with a stellar second campaign.

The 6-foot-2 sophomore averaged 20.2 points, 6 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game and also improved his shooting splits to 45 percent from the field, 37 percent from 3-point territory and 78 percent from the free-throw line.

According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the reigning Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year is seriously considering entering the 2015 NBA Draft. Payne and his family are reportedly hosting presentations from several NBA agents in the family’s hometown of Memphis.

Payne and his family are allowed to gather information and still return to school, and according to the Yahoo report, head coach Steve Prohm working with the family through the process.

Prohm helped get former Murray State guard Isaiah Canaan to the NBA Draft in 2013 and the Ohio Valley Conference has also recently produced a few players who have made NBA rosters. Former Morehead State forward Kenneth Faried played for the USA Basketball senior national team this past summer and former Tennessee-Martin guard Lester Hudson just recently signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Payne is currently regarded as the No. 30 overall pick in the first round of the latest Draft Express mock draft.

Steve Prohm agrees to an extension with Murray State

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Murray State head coach Steve Prohm is one of the first names that pops up anytime a major job comes open.

He’s been linked to the Alabama opening, where he is an alum, as well as the Tennessee job this month alone. But Prohm isn’t ready to leave Murray, as the school announced that he has signed an extension to remain head coach with the Racers.

“I want to thank Murray State […] for their commitment to me and the Racer Basketball program over the next several years,” Prohm said. “We have an opportunity to do something really special here and I’m honored to be a part of it.”

His contract now runs through 2020.

Prohm led Murray State to an undefeated run through the Ohio Valley Conference this season, although a last-second loss to Belmont in the conference title game kept them out of the NCAA tournament.