Pitt guard Ryan Murphy has entered the transfer portal, he confirmed to Pittsburgh Sports Now on Sunday.
Murphy, who transferred to Pitt from New Mexico Junior College in advance of the 2019-20 season, played in 30 games and made 12 starts for the Panthers this season, and averaged 24.5 minutes per game.
A noted 3-point shooter, Murphy shot 33.1% from beyond the arc to lead the Panthers. He averaged 7.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. His KenPom.com offensive rating was 95.9, which ranked fifth amongst Pitt’s regulars.
“We appreciate Ryan’s efforts with our program this season and wish him luck as he looks to continue his playing career elsewhere,” Pitt head coach Jeff Capel said in a press release.
Murphy missed time in late January and early February after suffering a concussion in practice. Before that point, he was averaging 10.1 points per game and shooting 35.5% from 3-point range.
He never seemed to regain his stroke after the injury, finishing the season 3 for his last 17 (17.6%) from 3-point range.
A native of Calabasas, California, Murphy spent his first NCAA season at UNC Charlotte in 2017-18 before transferring to New Mexico JC. He graduated from Pitt, meaning that he will be free to transfer to any school of his choosing for his final season of eligibility.
With Murphy’s transfer, along with the expected departures of Kene Chukwuka and Samson George and the graduation of Eric Hamilton, Pitt will have five scholarships opening for the 2020-21 season.
Jeff Capel has currently signed three players in the Class of 2020.
VerbalCommits.com first reported that Murphy had entered the portal.