But a Twitter post by Murphy on Wednesday revealed that his grandmother had recently suffered a stroke. "… she's my backbone, my heart," read the post by Murphy. "My reason for being the MAN I am today!"
Also, Dana Dingle, who coached Murphy with the summer league New York Lightning, said that the 6-8 junior-to-be was leaving OSU.
"He's just open right now, just seeing who's interested and all of that. No one school in particular," Dingle told SNY.tv.
Murphy becomes the fifth scholarship player to leave the program since the beginning of the 2013-14 basketball season. It was not a surprise that Marcus Smart is leaving after his sophomore season as he declared prior to the season that he would be entering the NBA Draft.
However, Murphy joins freshman Stevie Clark (kicked off after violating team rules and several arrests), junior college transfer Gary Gaskins and senior-to-be Brian Williams (who recently announced that he was transferring to Louisiana-Lafayette) as players who have left the program.
Murphy averaged 6.1 points and 6.3 rebounds while starting 21 games last season for the Cowboys.
He signed with OSU after considering Florida, Miami (Fla.), Missouri, Connecticut, Auburn and Louisville after spending one year at the IMG Academy in Florida.