For the last three years, High Point’s John Brown has been the best player in the Big South. With Brown graduating this season, it seemed like the void for the best player in the league would be filled by DeSean Murray at Presbyterian, a 6-foot-5 forward who averaged 20.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game for the Blue Hose with a 31.3 PER.
That won’t be the case though, as Murray has decided to transfer.
“I really just want to get some bigger schools and looks,” Murray told CBS Sports. “To play better competition and make myself better so that I can reach my full potential.”
Murray said that Creighton, Florida Gulf Coast and College of Charleston have already reached out to him, and that many others have reached out to his coaches. He also said that prior to the official decision, he looked at schools in the Big Ten as places that could really utilize him well, pointing to the way Ohio State uses Jae’Sean Tate as an example.
That’s the biggest thing Murray will be looking for in a new home: fit.
“I want to go somewhere where I fit in and the coach is just right for my game,” Murray said.
Voted to the All-Big South first team, Murray is something of a throwback, high-to-mid-post forward who currently fits best as an undersized 4 that can take bigger players off the dribble or as a slashing 3 who goes to the rim order to get fouled or finish around the basket. His quickness and physicality makes him a tough matchup at any level. The biggest thing he has to work on is his jump shot, which is currently a question mark.
It’s worth noting though that Murray also performed relatively well against bigger competition in his two years. He scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds against Clemson and put up 20 points and 11 rebounds against Marquette this season, then also got 14 points and seven rebounds against Duke in the first game of his freshman season.
He’ll likely have to sit out a year, then have two years remaining in his collegiate eligibility. In that time, Murray is most looking forward to practicing against better players and improving his game.
“I want to get around the best competition and best coaches I could be around and better myself,” Murray said.