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Basketball Forward DeSean Murray Says He Plans to Play for the Auburn Tigers

DeSean Murray, a star at Presbyterian the past two seasons, plans to join Bruce Pearl's Tigers and talks about his visit to Auburn.

DeSean Murray, a Big South All-Conference forward at Presbyterian this past season, will transfer to Auburn to play basketball for Coach Bruce Pearl’s Tigers.

Murray led his team in scoring at 20.2 points per game, rebounds (7.4), field goal percentage (.543) and steals (2.0). this past season. He scored 34 points vs. Longwood, a career high, and the second highest scoring game in Presbyterian history.

“When I went there on the visit they took me to the gym and I fell it love with it and the rest of the facilities,” Murray told Inside the Auburn Tigers.

“The coaches, the players and the trainers are good people and the visit was fun so I felt like I was really at a place I could call home,” he added. “Everything about the visit was great.”

The top scorer in his conference as a sophomore, the six-foot-five, 210 forward was the Big South Freshman of the Year in 2014-15 when he averaged 15.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest.

Murray took just seven three-point shots as a sophomore and did not make one. He was 163-211 at the foul line for 77.3 percent, up from his freshman average of 59.1 percent on free throws. 

Murray committed to the Tigers on Sunday while on an official visit along with two other forwards, 6-8 LaRon Smith from Bethune-Cookman and 6-8 Merrill Holden of Louisiana Tech, who are leaving their programs as graduate transfers.

Originally from Stanley, N.C., he was a four-sport athlete in high school. As a senior he earned All-State honors in basketball while averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds for Northside Christian Academy. He also competed in football, track and field along with soccer while earning academic honor roll status throughout high school.

Under transfer rules he will have two seasons of eligibility with the Tigers, but must redshirt during the 2016-17 season.

Murray hit 14 free throws in a game last season to set a new Presbyterian College (Division I era) record. 

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