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High-Scoring Forward DeSean Murray Talks About His Decision to Play for the Auburn Basketball Team

DeSean Murray has multiple reasons for his decision to transfer to play for Coach Bruce Pearl's basketball team.

The newest addition to Auburn's 2016-17 basketball roster, transfer DeSean Murray, says there are several reasons why he chose the Tigers.

One of the biggest ones is how he bonded with current members of Coach Bruce Pearl’s team. “I fit in real well with the guys,” he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. “They were real cool and fun to be around so I fit right in. It is a good atmosphere.”

The leading scorer last season at Presbyterian, the six-foot-five forward will have to sit out this coming season as a transfer, but will have two seasons to play for the Tigers after that.

“I like to play fast,” he points out. “I like Coach Pearl’s style. That is what I am looking forward to. I was looking for a place that is a good fit for me for the style I?play.”

Murray notes that he challenge of playing against strong competition in the SEC also attracted him to AU. Another reason why he picked Auburn was the impression the college made on him during his official visit over the weekend.

“The campus really got my attention,” he says. “It is beautiful and I really like it. I like the coaches and I feel like I fit in with everybody. It is a small town, but there was lot to do and more around it than I expected.”

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Murray is shown taking a shot this past season vs. the Duke Blue Devils.

In his first season at Presbyterian the forward was named to the Big South All-Conference team as well as the league’s Freshman of the Year. He averaged 15.7 points per game and 6.1 rebounds.

Last season he boosted those numbers to a league-best 20.2 points per game while making 54.3 percent of his field goals and 77.3 percent of his free throws. He led his team in rebounding at 7.3 per contest.

Murray, who notes that he is close to 220 pounds on a six-foot-five frame, says that he is comfortable playing the small forward or power forward positions. “I think the best part of my game is that I can get a lot of mismatches because I can play inside and outside.”

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