Former Rice guard and Pitt transfer target Trey Murphy III has committed to Virginia, he announced on Twitter on Monday afternoon.
Murphy, a 6-foot-8 guard that just finished his sophomore season with the Owls, had narrowed his list of transfer destinations to Houston, Pitt, Virginia, Villanova.
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— Trey Murphy III (@Trey_M25) April 13, 2020
Murphy had taken multiple phone calls with Pitt staff and took a virtual tour of campus while restricted from visiting due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In two seasons at Rice, Murphy averaged 10.9 points per game and shot 39% from 3-point range, a pressing need for the Panthers this offseason. He increased his scoring average to 13.4 points per game as sophomore with the Owls.
Murphy will have to sit out the 2020-21 season unless he can secure an NCAA waiver, and then will have two seasons of eligibility with the Cavaliers, which finished No. 16 in the country and 15-5 in ACC play, tied for second place in the conference in the abbreviated 2019-20 season.
Pitt has two open scholarships for the 2020-21 season remaining. Jeff Capel’s top targets include Erie small forward Will Jeffress, Canadian wing Karim Mane and potentially reclassifying 2021 center Adama Sanogo.