Murray To The Mountains

West Virginia's second time around with Aaric Murray yielded better results for the Mountaineers, when the Pennsylvania native announced he was transferring to WVU.

Aaric Murray, who was recruited by West Virginia two years ago, surprised many observers by choosing La Salle over WVU, Temple and Villanova, among others. After two years of success at that school, however, he parted ways with the Explorer program and decided to transfer.

Murray's final choices came down to West Virginia and Oklahoma State.

"At 6-foot-10, Aaric runs the floor well, can jump and certainly block shots, and he is agile enough to fit our system," WVU head coach Bob Huggins said. "Having Aaric practice with us and learn our system this year will no doubt help him when he is able to compete the following year. Our staff is excited to have him in our program for three years."

At La Salle, Murray made 58 starts out of the 62 games he played for the Explorers. After just two years in the program, he ranks second all-time in career blocks with 143. As a sophomore, he led the team in scoring (15.2), rebounding (7.7) and blocks (2.3), while earning second team all-Philadelphia Big 5 honors. Murray was third in the Atlantic 10 in blocks, seventh in rebounding and 11th in scoring.

In his first season at La Salle, Murray was named to the Atlantic 10 all-rookie team, tabbed the Philadelphia Big 5 Rookie of the Year and was an all-Big 5 second team selection. Murray averaged 12.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game and was second nationally in blocks per game. Murray, who led the team with 70 blocked shots, and led all Big 5 rookies in scoring, rebounding and blocks.

Murray earned first team Class AAAA all-state honors by the Associated Press his senior year at Glen Mills School after averaging 17.5 points and 12.4 rebounds per game. He was also named first team Philadelphia Inquirer, all-Southeastern PA, all-district, all-Delaware County Times and all-Del Val league. Murray posted three triple-doubles his senior year. As a junior, Murray averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds to earn second team AP Class AAA all-state and second team all-district honors.

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