Desean Murray joins an increasingly long list of Tigers to leave or consider leaving the program.
The decision appears to be amicable, and probably stems from the fact that there won’t be as much playing time at forward next season. Though he wasn’t expected to be counted on as a starter before last season began, Murray ended up starting all 34 games for the Tigers this season after transferring from Presbyterian. After averaging over 20 ppg his sophomore season at Presbyterian, Murray came into a deep SEC and put up a solid 10.1 points/6.7 rebounds per game this past season. Even at 6’ 5”, a ton of credit has to be given to Murray for helping Auburn play above its height class this season. His effort on the glass was a really big deal for a team that was already pretty short, especially after losing Wiley and then McLemore during the season.
Murray had a habit of making effort plays. Even if he wasn’t the same human highlight reel that Bryce or Jared could be from 3, or that Anfernee could be with his blocks, there were so many times this season where he would make a play and you would just say “yeah, he wanted that more”.
Auburn’s most fierce player Desean Murray pic.twitter.com/KIapblHo05— ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@SkyeUnderwood) February 17, 2018
Desean Murray puttin’ in work. Hard work. pic.twitter.com/8Vwt4tNLDB— ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@SkyeUnderwood) February 22, 2018
Desean Murray steps in front of the passing lane and throws it down pic.twitter.com/dXqpvQhGXw— ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@SkyeUnderwood) January 25, 2018
Thanks to @SkyeUnderwood for the high-quality tweetin’.
Best of luck, Desean! War Eagle!