It was announced yesterday that Oklahoma State has granted a release to sophomore power forward Kamari Murphy, who desires a move away from Stillwater and closer to his home in Brooklyn.
Standing at 6-foot-8, Murphy averaged 6.1 ppg and 6.3 rpg in 26 mpg as a sophomore last season while scoring in double figures six times and accumulating ten-plus rebounds on three occasions, all in conference play. Murphy appeared in 33 games and was named a starter in 21 of them as a result of forward Michael Cobbins' injury just one game into the Cowboys' Big 12 campaign. Kamari put up eight points and eight boards in a first round loss to Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament.
A three-star high-major recruit out of high school, Kamari Murphy spent his junior and senior seasons as a team captain at Abraham Lincoln (N.Y.) under head coach Dwayne "Tiny" Morton before taking a post-graduate year at IMG Academy in Florida. Morton, who is expected to be named to Seton Hall's coaching staff prior to the July 'live' recruiting periods, told the NYDN in 2011 that Murphy possesses NBA skills "and I'm going to stick to my word," he said. "He's still just 17 years old and is still developing. Oklahoma State got a good one."
As of last night, Murphy does not have an official list of suitors, but I would be surprised if Seton Hall does not find themselves involved with the power forward. After a hypothetical transfer to South Orange, Murphy would sit out the 2014-15 season and have two years of eligibility starting in 2015-16 after Seton Hall loses power forwards Patrik Auda and Brandon Mobley. Murphy would likely start at the four from day one.
Seton Hall falls within Brooklyn's radius of "closer to home" (just ask Isaiah Whitehead), Kamari Murphy would be playing under a former head coach of two years, and would likely be a starter or see 25+ mpg in a Seton Hall uniform from the onset. This seems to be a no-brainer to me if an all-important scholarship can be found for Murphy -- players sitting out due to a transfer still count against the scholarship limit of 13.
Seton Hall currently has five signed class of 2014 recruits and incoming Northwestern transfer Chier Ajou joining their seven returning scholarship players next season. However, the staff is currently weighing 2014 (power forward Tariq Owens visits today) and transfer (Houston wing Danuel House) options with 2014 signee Desi Rodriguez' qualifying test scores in question.