Pitt has a major need for a shooter in their program and have reached out to someone that can help them with that.
Sophomore wing Trey Murphy III announced on Saturday that he would be entering the transfer portal and since then has heard from a number of high major programs including from Pitt. In fact, Murphy has had two conversations with the Pitt coaches since Sunday, including one Tuesday afternoon with Jeff Capel.
Murphy (6-foot-8, 200 pounds) averaged 13.7 points and 5.5 rebounds this season with Rice, including converting 37% from 3-point range (75-of-204). Since he’s a sophomore, Murphy will have to sit out next season and have two seasons of athletic eligibility remaining.
Pittsburgh Sports Now was able to catch up with Murphy following is talk with Capel.
“First I talked to coach Jason Capel on Sunday and he told me that they need a guy that can shoot the ball and a bigger wing because in the ACC you need to be able to get your shot off. The main thing that they stressed with me is that they need more shooters,” said Murphy. “Then today, I was just texting with Coach Jeff Capel and the message was pretty much the same thing.”
Now that he’s had contact with them twice, is there anything he knows or has heard from the Pitt coaches that stands out to him?
“The ACC conference is historic and being a kid from Durham, North Carolina it was always a dream of mine to play in the ACC,” Murphy said. “That alone piques my interest in them. They’ve also told me how they have a real need for me so that’s something that I need to consider as well.”
Since announcing his decision to leave Rice, Murphy told PSN that he’s already heard from coaches at Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, UConn, Creighton, Georgia, Iowa State, Marquette, Memphis, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Villanova. With all of this interest, he knows it won’t be an easy decision to make so he’s not going to rush things.
“I want to take my time with this because I want to make sure I make the right decision and make sure that I consider all of my options,” Murphy said. “Right now, no one school is ahead of another. I’m going to listen to everything that everyone has to say so I can make the best decision. I want to go to a place where I can maximize my potential and go to a place that I feel is a good fit.”