Auburn hoops signs Presbyterian transfer DeSean Murray

AUBURN, Ala. ( – Big South Conference leading scorer and two-time all-conference selection DeSean Murray, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound forward from Presbyterian College, will transfer to Auburn University and play basketball with two years of eligibility remaining after redshirting this upcoming season, head coach Bruce Pearl announced on Monday.

An All-Big South Conference first-team selection as a sophomore this past season, Murray started all 31 games averaging 20.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.7 assists in 29.1 minutes while shooting 54.3 percent from the field and 77.3 percent from the foul line.  He was third in the league in steals and tied for fourth in both rebounding and field goal pct.

“DeSean Murray was a dominant player in mid-major college basketball in the Big South,” said Pearl. “I talked to a number of coaches in that league who said that if he had the chance, they thought he could be a really effective player at the high major level.

“More than just glue and being a great teammate, DeSean has a pretty complete game. While playing with and against more talented players night in and night out, I am excited to see what he can do.”

The Stanley, N.C., native was ranked 29th nationally in scoring and steals and 28th in field goals made. Murray notched seven double-doubles on the season and had a career-high 34 points vs. Longwood, tying him for the second most points in a single game in Presbyterian history.

Murray scored 28 points against Liberty, 27 points and a career-high 18 rebounds vs. Piedmont, 26 points and 12 rebounds vs. VMI and 20 points and 11 rebounds at Marquette. He had 24 points and 13 rebounds vs. Campbell and 17 points and 11 boards vs. Charleston Southern.

He was named the Big South Freshman of the Year and was an honorable mention All-BSC selection and named to the All-Freshman team in 2014-15 after averaging 15.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals in 33.0 minutes, starting all 20 games he played.

Murray totaled 14 points and seven rebounds in his first collegiate game at Duke and had 24 points and 13 rebounds vs. Winthrop, 20 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season and 18 points and 12 rebounds vs. Longwood.  He scored 21 points vs. UNC Asheville, Campbell and Liberty and 20 points vs. Radford.

Murray was named first-team all-state at Northside Christian Academy in Charlotte as a senior in 2013-14 averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds. He averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds at East Gaston High in Mt. Holly, N.C. as a junior while lettering in basketball, football, track and soccer.

Murray joins consensus five-star Mustapha Heron, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound guard from Waterbury, Conn., and Sacred Heart High School; four-star Jared Harper, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound guard from Mableton, Ga., and Pebblebrook High School; and four-star Anfernee McLemore, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward from Warwick, Ga., and Worth County High School, who have signed with the Tigers.


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