It didn’t always seem like Dejounte Murray wanted to end his recruitment before the summer period. He didn’t truly burst onto the national scene until last summer, but impressive performances during the school season pushed him up the rankings.
One thing that always did seem clear, though, was his location. Murray wasn’t leaving the West coast. Washington was on him early, while Arizona, Oregon and Gonzaga were also heavily in the mix at one time or another. If not those four, California also kept tabs on him.
A tweet on Monday night from Murray indicated he was set to announce, and in the end, the Seattle native couldn’t leave home.
Murray announced his commitment to Washington on Tuesday evening.
The talented scorer is Washington’s third – and highest-ranked – commitment for the 2015 class.
The file on … Dejounte Murray
- Height: 6-foot-4
- Weight: 180 pounds
- Position: Shooting guard
- Ranking: No. 54 in 247Sports Composite for class of 2015, No. 9 shooting guard
- High School: Rainier Beach (Wash.)
- AAU: Northwest Express (Wash.)
- Stats: 11.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg on EYBL circuit
How he fits at Washington: Murray is one of the more versatile shooting guard prospects in the class of 2015. He’s not a knockdown shooter, but he’s capable of getting hot from behind the arc. He’s not a point guard, but he has the ability to handle the ball and distribute. The long and lanky wing is also one of the best rebounding guards in the class, and has the length to be an effective defender at the next level. He started out the EYBL circuit on a hot streak, shooting 9-of-19 from 3-point range and averaging 17.0 points through the first weekend in April. Since then, though, he cooled off some, hitting double-figures just five times in his final 11 games. Murray’s ability to score and contribute in different ways will certainly help Washington, especially if it continues to utilize the up-tempo system it has under Lorenzo Romar. He can lead the break and find players in transition. The Huskies could certainly use a scorer like Murray, as C.J. Wilcox used up his eligibility after last season and there is no heir apparent as a bucket-getter on the wing. Nigel Williams-Goss and Andrew Andrews should still be there in the two-point guard backcourt, but Darin Johnson is the lone two-guard. Murray’s ability to rebound and guard could help Romar use him at the three.
What it means for Washington’s class: Washington has done a good job getting most of its 2015 work done before the July period. Murray is the third pledge for the Huskies, joining four-star power forward Marquese Chriss and three-star point guard David Crisp. Chriss is a super athlete with a high ceiling who could make a major impact for Washington before his career is over. Crisp is a solid point guard who will have time to learn and develop under the more experienced players at his position. The Huskies are set on the perimeter moving forward, but they could use another frontcourt player to join Chriss. Two of the main targets are Jawan Morgan and Evan Boudreaux, two solid power forwards that should be able to get minutes immediately.
Which school loses the most: Oregon. The Ducks made a strong push for Murray a couple of months ago, and some close to the program felt they had a shot at landing him at the time. Head coach Dana Altman watched him in high school several times, and then saw him in April as well. With Murray no longer an option, they could hope incoming freshman Casey Benson adapts well to the shooting guard position. Talented shooting guard Jaquan Lyle should still be on campus, but they do need another wing to add to the fold. Ray Smith is the main target for the Ducks, but Arizona could be the leader in that recruitment. Oregon could also get involved with 2015 prospect New Williams, as well as some junior college and European players.