Racer basketball signs Sam Murray

Murray State Men’s Basketball head coach Steve Prohm announced the signing of 6-8 forward Sam Murray II from Harrison Central High School in Gulfport, Mississippi.

“I’m really excited about the addition of Sam,” said Prohm. “When we got the job, Sam was a player that we got calls from saying he would fit in well. He has great length, great size, great versatility and he can play many positions. Sam is only scratching the surface of the kind of player he will be. The state of Mississippi has been really good for this program over the years with players like Isaiah Canaan, Shaq Buchanan and KJ Williams and we’re excited to have Sam join our program.”

Murray played a total of 72 varsity games for Harrison Central from 2018-22, averaging 11.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game, and he was a 70 percent shooter from the field (284-406) .

In 17 games of the 2021-22 season, Murray averaged 17.9 points per game with 9.8 rebounds. He had a season-best 29-point game against Hazel Green (December 4) with 10-of-20 from the field. Murray had seven games with 20 or more points in his senior season and seven games with 10 or more rebounds with a season-high 19 (February 15) against D’Iberville.

With the signing of Gulfport’s Sam Murray, the Racers have had a Mississippi high school or junior college player on the roster for 13 straight years. The last season the Racers didn’t have Magnolia State players was 2008-09. MSU players from Mississippi have been involved since this 08-09 season KJ Williams (Cleveland) Da Quan Smith (Holly Springs), Devin Gilmore (Picayune), Shaq Buchanan (Madison), Bryce Jones (Jones County JC), Terron Gilmore (Jackson) and Isaiah Canaan (Biloxi).

About Murray State Athletics
Murray State University‘s athletics department in Murray, Kentucky is a member of NCAA Division I and plays in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Racers have 15 programs, including men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, and golf teams and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball teams, as well as a mixed shooting team. The Racers are currently members of the Ohio Valley Conference and will join the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1, 2022. The Racers will join the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2023.

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