WKU men’s basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced Wednesday the addition of graduate transfer Desean Murray (6-4, Forward) to the Hilltopper program.

Murray, a Stanley, N.C., native, joins WKU for his final season following a highly successful junior year at Auburn. The versatile forward, who’s scored more than 1,200 career points, will be eligible to compete immediately after graduating and transferring from the Tiger program.

“We’re excited to add Desean to our program and family,” Stansbury said. “He brings a wealth of experience from a winning program, and most importantly, he brings exceptional toughness, which is something we were looking to add.”

Murray started all 34 games in the frontcourt and was a vital member of a 26-win Auburn squad that claimed a share of the SEC regular-season championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

He averaged 10.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists as a junior for the Tigers, shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 84 percent from the free-throw line – netting 100 of 119 attempts in just 23.9 minutes per game.

Murray led Auburn in rebounding and was especially tenacious on the offensive boards, pulling down 2.7 per game.

Murray sat out the 2016-17 season at Auburn after transferring from Presbyterian College, where he was a Big South All-Conference first-team selection as a sophomore. He led the Big South and ranked 29th in the nation in scoring that season at 20.2 points per game, while also ranking fourth in the league in rebounding (7.4) and field-goal percentage (54.3), and third in steals (2.0). He also attempted 211 free throws, making 163.

Murray was the Big South Freshman of the Year in 2014-15 at Presbyterian after averaging 15.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals per contest.

A four-sport athlete at one point in high school, Murray helped Northside Christian Academy to a No. 5 national ranking in his final prep year.

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Zach Greenwell

Associate Director

WKU Athletic Communications/Media Relations


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