College interest abounds for La Salle's Murray

Aaric Murray is not expected to test the NBA draft.
Aaric Murray is not expected to test the NBA draft.
Posted: April 02, 2011

Aaric Murray, the 6-foot-10 sophomore center who is transferring from La Salle, has been flooded with interest from other colleges, a source close to Murray said Friday.

The source said Murray will not test the NBA draft.

"He doesn't feel he's ready," the source said. "Also, Aaric does well in school, and he simply enjoys being a student."

The source said Murray likely will make his first official recruiting visit to Oklahoma State when the recruiting period opens next week. The source also said that Oklahoma State, Marquette, DePaul, and West Virginia have been Murray's most aggressive suitors, but that calls also have come from Kansas, St. John's, and West Virginia, among others.

"Aaric is mostly interested in a school that best fits his needs," the source said. "We feel it's best he goes to a place that really embraces its college athletes. Aaric needs a lot of positive reinforcement, and sometimes when a Philly athlete stays local, he doesn't get that in a sports town where it's 'What have you done for me lately?' "

La Salle announced last week that Murray had been given his release to transfer. Murray is still attending classes at La Salle, a necessity for a transfer. Under NCAA guidelines, Murray will have to sit out next season. He will have two remaining years of eligibility.

The source said that Murray and La Salle are on good terms and that Explorers coach John Giannini is doing all he can to help Murray.

"Aaric has a great relationship with the people at La Salle," the source said. "Coach Giannini has been great to him."

Murray, 21, went to La Salle from Glen Mills as a naturally talented but raw prospect with little knowledge of how to play the game. He averaged 15.2 points and 7.7 rebounds but frequently frustrated the coaching staff by losing focus and lapsing on defense.


Contact staff writer Ray Parrillo at 215-854-2743 or rparrillo@phillynews.com.

 

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