Former Pitt guard Ryan Murphy will spend his final season of eligibility at Duquesne, Pittsburgh Sports Now has confirmed. Hunter Homistek of Homistek.com first reported the news.
Murphy played one season at Pitt in 2019-20 after transferring from New Mexico Junior College. With the Panthers, he averaged 7.6 points per game and shot 33.1% from 3-point range.
Murphy lost some playing time in the middle of the season due to a concussion and never saw his minutes return to the previous level. He graduated from Pitt after the season and elected to depart as a graduate transfer.
Murphy first committed to Tulane, but then backed out of that commitment and planned on turning professional to play in Europe. With COVID-19 restrictions still in place as the fall season arrived, Murphy elected not to turn pro.
He’ll join the Duquesne program as a walk-on and head coach Keith Dambrot told Pittsburgh Sports Now that Murphy won’t be guaranteed any playing time, with Duquesne’s already deep rotation at guard.
“Ryan is an experienced player and we liked his work ethic and business-like approach,” Dambrot said. “He reminds me a lot in that way of [2019-20 Duquesne forward] Baylee Steele. He just wants to get better and thought our program would be good for him. He contacted us and expressed interest. We look forward to him joining us and becoming a part of our team.”
Murphy will be the first former Pitt player to play at Duquesne, according to Duquesne’s records.
The Dukes do not have a game scheduled until Dec. 19, when they’ll visit Richmond, after their Friday game against Winthrop in Louisville was canceled due to positive COVID-19 tests.