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Guard DeSean Murray leaving Auburn program


in the second half during the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Viejas Arena on March 18, 2018 in San Diego, California.

Sean M. Haffey

Tuesday evening a key contributor on an Auburn team that won a share of the SEC regular season title announced that he was on the move, as guard DeSean Murray will be leaving the program. In his announcement Murray said that playing professionally or at another Division I school as a grad transfer are both possibilities at this point in time. Murray is due to graduate later this spring.

In his lone season at Auburn the 6-foot-5 Murray made 34 starts, averaging 10.1 points and 6.7 rebounds in 23.9 minutes per game. Murray shot 45.5 percent from the field and 84.0 percent from the foul line, and he also dished out 1.7 assists per game.

Murray’s presence on the wing helped Auburn account for the loss of Danjel Purifoy, who like teammate Austin Wiley was ruled ineligible for the season in connection with the still-ongoing FBI investigation into corruption and bribes in college basketball. Purifoy, who averaged 11.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in 2016-17, will be eligible to play for the Tigers next season.

Murray’s second and final season at Presbyterian was his best pre-transfer, as he averaged 20.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.