Former Auburn Standout Desean Murray Signs with Free Agency
Free Agency Basketball is excited to announce the signing of 6-4 Forward Desean Murray (Auburn, Western Kentucky, Presbyterian). Desean has been compared to former Auburn great Charles Barkley because of his size and explosive athleticism (40 inch vertical)/See Highlight Video below. "David Gonzalez (President of FA Basketball/FIBA Agent) and I are really excited to help Desean get his career back going in the right direction. Thanks to a former college classmate of mine (Melinda Campbell), we found out about his situation and his desire to get back going. Melinda connected Desean and I, and we hit it off in regards to his future in the game. He is training and ready to get his first pro job next season. He is a very interesting player to say the least. He is a big time mismatch for other forwards because of his size and strength. Plus he has great touch and can score from all over the court. He really reminds me of Jeff Gibbs (European star and current veteran pro in Japan) in regards to his strength, athletic ability, and touch. Desean has proven himself at the highest level of NCAA Division 1 basketball (6th in SEC Conference in Rebounding on SEC champion Auburn, 1st team All Big South Conference at Presbyterian). He just needs a chance to get back going and he is humble and ready. I personally feel he will dominate in the right job next season. Check out his resume below and highlights." Michael Stinnett Free Agency Director of Scouting
Murray played last at NCAA Division 1 Western Kentucky as a graduate transfer in the 2018-19 season (9.5 rpg and 4.5 rpg). He transferred to Western because he had graduated from Auburn in 2018. He had 18 points and 7 rebounds vs UT Martin in the Myrtle Beach Inviational, and 17 points and 8 rebounds vs. Tennessee State.He only played 8 games at Western and decided to pursue a pro career in late December.
In the 2017-18 season Murray started 34 games for SEC Champion Auburn and Coach Bruce Pearl. He averaged 10.1ppg, 6.7rpg, and 1.7 assists in 23.9 minutes. He led the SEC champs in rebounding and was 6th in the conference overall at 6.7 rebounds per game. He was the teams top free throw shooter at 84% (3rd in SEC Conference).
In August of 2017 he toured Italy with Auburn: Averaged 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steal and 0.5 blocks on the four-game Italy Tour ... shot 66.7 percent (16-of-24) from the field and 80 percent (12-of-15) from the foul line ... 13 of his 21 rebounds came on the offensive glass ... 13 points (5-of-7 fgs, 3-of-4 fts), six rebounds (all offensive) and three assists vs. Stella Azzurra ... 12 points on 5-of-8 field goals, four rebounds, four steals and an assist vs. Veneto Select ... 11 points (4-of-4 fgs, 3-of-3 fts), four rebounds, two assists and a block vs. Italy All-Stars ... eight points, seven rebounds, a block and assist vs. BC Silute.
In 2016-17 he did not play due to NCAA transfer rules. He transferred from Presbyterian to Auburn because he wanted more of a challenge and felt his overall stock for pro basketball would improve.
In 2015-16 Desean played for NCAA Div. 1 Presbyterian in the Big Soutn Conference. A Big South All-Conference first-team selection … started all 31 games ... led the Big South and ranked 29th in the nation in scoring (20.2), tied for fourth in rebounds (7.4) and field goal pct. (.543), and third in steals (2.0) … led the team in scoring, field goal pct., rebounds and steals as Presbyterian went 11-20 overall and 5-13 in the Big South … career-high 34 points, tying him for second in the PC record book, against Longwood ... Hit a PC Division I record 14 free throws in the game ... career-high 10-of-15 free throws vs. USC Upstate ... a then career-high 26 points and team-high 12 rebounds for his fifth career double-double vs. VMI … career-high 28 points vs. Gardner-Webb ... 27 points and a career-high 18 rebounds vs. Piedmont ... tied his then career high with 28 points vs. Liberty with 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season … eighth 20-point game with 20 points and 11 rebounds vs. Marquette for his seventh career double-double ... eighth career double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds vs. Campbell as he was named Big South Player of the Week ... 23 points and 15 rebounds vs. Longwood for third straight double-double ... 26 points vs. High Point ... sixth double-double of the year came with 17 points and 11 rebounds vs. Charleston Southern ... scored 20 points for the 18th time with 24 against Winthrop on a career-best 11-of-24 from the field ... 18 points vs. Furman … finished the season ranked 29th in the nation in points per game, 54th in FG pct., 29th in steals per game, 47th in total points, 28th in total field goals made, 36th in total steals, 48th in free throws made and 52nd in free throw attempts.
In 2014-15 Desean played at Presbyterian College (NCAA Div. 1 Big South Conf.) - Big South Freshman of the Year and was a member of the All-Conference honorable mention and All-Freshman teams as Presbyterian went 10-22 overall and 6-12 in the Big South ... averaged 15.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals … shot 51.9 percent from the floor, 1-of-4 from 3-point range and 59.1 percent from the foul line … played in 20 games after being injured early in the season ... posted double-digit scoring in 17 games, five of them with over 20 ... second on the team in scoring and rebounding, and led the team in steals ... In conference play he was ninth in scoring, third in rebounding and field goal percentage, seventh in steals, third in offensive rebounds and seventh in minutes played ... earned four Big South Freshman of the Week honors and had four double-doubles on the season … double-digits in his first two collegiate games with a team-high 14 points and seven rebounds at Duke and 12 points vs. Piedmont ... after missing 12 games due to injury, he came back to score a then career-high 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks vs. Liberty ... posted career-highs for the second consecutive game with a team-leading 24 points and 13 rebounds vs. Winthrop ... earned League Freshman of the Week honors after averaging 21.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in the two games against the Winthrop and Radford ... third double-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 8 assists vs. Longwood ... notched his second consecutive Big South Freshman of the Week honors averaging 18.0 points and 10.0 rebounds vs. Longwood and Charleston Southern ... had his second 20-point game with 21 vs. Campbell ... In the second meeting against the Camels, he scored 17 points ... had his third 20-point game with a team-leading 21 against Liberty as he earned his fourth Big South Freshman of the Week honor on Feb. 9 ... 21 points vs. UNC Asheville ... Third straight 20-point game with 20 points and 11 rebounds vs. Radford for his fourth double-double.
Articles on Murray:
Murray wants more of a challenge at Auburn - https://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/2016/04/desean_murray_could_be_auburn.html
Murray Graduates at Auburn and goes to Western Kentucky (Graduate Transfer) https://www.wbko.com/content/sports/Auburn-grad-Murray-intends-to-transfer-to-WKU-for-final-season-480751471.html
Free Agency Basketball has secured 5 jobs already for 2020-21 season with several announcements coming soon.