Bradwell Institute sharpshooter Larry Murray will be making 3-pointers at the next level while playing basketball at St. Andrew’s University in Laurinburg, N.C.
Murray signed a letter of intent Tuesday at the Liberty County YMCA to join the Knights’ program. Murray will join fellow BI teammate Da’zjon Tinae, who signed with St. Andrew’s in May.
“He actually wanted me to go to the college to play with him,” Murray said. “So I looked into the college and I talked to the coach. I actually went up there to visit. I spoke to the coach and he said he liked what he heard, and I sent him a highlight tape that I put together and he offered me a scholarship.”
Murray said St. Andrew’s head coach Andrew Brown is looking to play him as the two-guard, “because I can shoot … That is my bread and butter.”
Tiger assistant varsity coach Henry Blair said St. Andrew’s is a good starting point for Murray, adding that Murray has plenty of athletic ability but needs to work on the mental aspect of that game.
“He is a pure two-guard, and I think that his biggest road block that he has to get past is believing in his own potential,” Blair said. “He allows what critics say stop him from seeing what is inside of him. But if he continues to concentrate on his skills, he is probably one of the best two guards that I’ve seen to come out of this area as far as a pure jump-shooter from anywhere on the court. He has the height to play at this level and as he goes on to the next level and becomes stronger and learns the game … and know the game and his ability he can go higher. I think he has the potential to play professional one day once he learns the game. Learning the game will give him the advantage.”
Murray, who has played for travelling teams including Scott’s All-Stars, said he wanted to play basketball at a smaller college. St. Andrew’s is moving from NCAA Division II to the NAIA level, according to the school’s athletic website. The Knights went 7-21 last season.
“It will help me get bigger and stronger, and as I progress I’ll try and move to a bigger college,” he said
Murray said he’s been training with Blair’s son Jonathan, who will play at East Georgia College this fall. They’ve been running, shooting and getting ready for college basketball.
“I’m just working on my game every day,” Murray said.
Murray’s mom Mary said she was overwhelmed with gratitude and emotions.
“I feel that Larry is deserving of this, and he has had some fantastic supporters,” she said. “I want to say that I want to personally thank coach Blair and coach Scott. These men have been a tremendous asset to Larry. They worked with him individually, they encouraged him and helped him with the skills he needed to work on and most of all they motivated him.”
Murray’s dad Larry Sr. said it was a milestone for his son.
“I’m happy for him,” he said. “He is doing something that he wants to do — not just to go to school but to be able to play the game of basketball because that is something he enjoys doing. I’m proud of him.”
Murray said he is undecided on his major but is considering mass communications.
Senior year stats
In his senior season, Murray scored 27 points from 3-point range and 18 points from the field. He had three assists, four blocked shots, 14 total rebounds and six steals.