The Miami Hurricanes made a key addition to their basketball program on Wednesday, signing Oklahoma State transfer Kamari Murphy to a financial aid agreement to play basketball at the University of Miami. Murphy, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward, made his announcement on Twitter on Wednesday with UM confirming the signing shortly after.
Murphy will have will have two years of eligibility at Miami after sitting out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He averaged 6.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game as a sophomore last season while starting 21 of 33 games.
“We were looking for a forward with great athletic ability,” said Larrañaga. “Kamari, at 6-foot-9, can run and jump and is as good an athlete as you will find, but what is most impressive is his versatility both offensively and defensively. He can defend multiple positions and he can play both forward positions. We needed additional scoring and rebounding up front and he can provide that. He is a great addition to our program.”
The Brooklyn, NY native attended Lincoln High School and was ranked the No. 6 recruit in the state of New York by HoopScoop in 2011. He then spent a post-grad year at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, where he averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and three assists for a team that finished 28-2 against prep schools and was ranked in the top-five nationally.
Murphy explained to SB Nation’s State of the U why he chose Miami as his next destination to continue his basketball career.
“Out of high school I really wanted to play at Miami but with the (NCAA) sanctions hanging over them my parents and I thought it best to go elsewhere. I really built a nice relationship with Coach L, he had started recruiting me while he was at George Mason and I felt like he always looked out for my best interests in both basketball and in life so it was really a no brainer.”
The addition of Murphy gives the Hurricanes seven new players on their roster for 2014-2015 season, including Big 12 transfers Angel Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan, both of whom sat out last year but are eligible to play this upcoming season. Miami also has four new recruits- Ja’Quan Newton, James Palmer, Omar Sherman and Ivan Cruz Uceda.