On Monday morning, news emerged that the West Virginia Mountaineers and head coach Bob Huggins have made the decision to part ways with 6-foot-10 forward, Aaric Murray.
After one season in a Mountaineers’ uniform, Murray has graduated and ironically enough, he still has one more season of eligibility remaining. So, if Murray opts to transfer for a second time, he could potentially join another program and be eligible immediately. This may make him a hot commodity this summer, if he chooses to extend his playing career from here.
After two seasons with the LaSalle Explorers, Murray made the decision to transfer, landing at West Virginia with some increasingly high expectations. During his red-shirt season however, Murray was arrested and charged with marijuana possession and he never seemed to click with the Mountaineers once he hit the court. This past season, Murray averaged 8.8 points per game, while West Virginia struggled mightily as a group.
Murray and senior forward Deniz Kilicli could have combined to form one of the Big 12 Conference‘s top front court duos, but the two never meshed and things never developed for Huggins and the Mountaineers during the 2012-13 season. At this juncture however, Huggins is making a good choice by letting Murray go. CBS Sports first reported the news of Huggins’ decision, but other reports have indicated that it was a mutual decision.
Murray had some great potential after his first two seasons at LaSalle, but things have not planned out accordingly. Time to move on.
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