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WVU adds LaSalle transfer Murray

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Center signs letter of intent to play for West Virginia beginning in 2012 season

Aaric Murray, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound center who played two seasons at La Salle, has signed a grant-in-aid to attend West Virginia University and will play basketball for the Mountaineers in 2012-13, WVU coach Bob Huggins announced today.

A Philadelphia native, Murray will have to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

“At 6-foot-10, Aaric runs the floor well, can jump and certainly block shots, and he is agile enough to fit our system,” says Huggins. “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. He ranks second all-time in career blocks (143) at La Salle in two seasons and had 73 blocks as a sophomore, the second most in a single season in school history.

As a sophomore, he led the team in scoring (15.2), rebounding (7.7) and blocks (2.3), earning second team all-Philadelphia Big 5 honors. Murray was third in the Atlantic 10 in blocks, seventh in rebounding and 11th in scoring. He blocked a school record nine shots against Morgan State on Nov. 20, just missing a triple-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Murray posted a career-high 28 points on 10-for-18 shooting vs. Bucknell. He scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Temple in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals, recorded a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds vs. Fordham, scored 19 points and had 14 rebounds vs. St. Joseph’s, had 23 points and 13 rebounds against Oklahoma State and had 20 points and 11 rebounds vs. Providence. Murray was named to the Cancun Challenge all-Tournament team after averaging 14.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.

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, led all Big 5 rookies in scoring, rebounding and blocks. The three-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week had 16 points and 11 rebounds against Hampton in his first collegiate game. Murray had a then-career high 24 points against Fordham, had 15 points and 14 rebounds at Villanova and pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds at Richmond.

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.

Murray joins Aaron Brown (Darby, Pa., Penn Wood High), Gary Browne (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, Arlington Country Day School/Jacksonville, Fla.), Pat Forsythe (Brunswick, Ohio, Brunswick High), Jabarie Hinds (Mount Vernon, N.Y., Mount Vernon High), Tommie McCune (Saginaw, Mich., Saginaw High), Keaton Miles (Dallas, Texas, Lincoln High) and Dominique Rutledge (Newark, N.J., Western Texas College) as signees in this year’s recruiting class.

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