ESPN's Jeff Borzello tweeted on Thursday that Wake Forest has reached out to Presbyterian transfer DeSean Murray. Murray is originally from Stanley, North Carolina, and will have two years of eligibility remaining. However, he will have to sit out next season. As a result of the dismissal of Cornelius Hudson, Wake Forest does have a scholarship available for next season. What would Murray bring to the Demon Deacons?
VCU, Maryland, Wake Forest, Auburn, Boston College, Florida Gulf Coast are among schools to reach out to Presbyterian transfer DeSean Murray— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 10, 2016
DeSean Murray is very undersized at 6'5", 220 pounds, but he was very productive this past season. He averaged 20.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game. His team was not very good, but he was not just putting up numbers on a bad team. He was incredibly efficient, as he had an offensive rating of 105.5, despite having a ridiculous usage rate of 34.8%. Despite his size, he also had an above average defensive rating. However, it's worth noting that he struggled in his few games against more difficult competition.
I like Murray, but I don't think he's what Wake Forest needs at this point. Wake needs to be targeting a graduate transfer with the open scholarship. Preferably someone who can play on the wing, and create his own scoring opportunities. Wake will be fine down low with John Collins, Doral Moore, Dinos Mitoglou, and Samuel Japhet-Mathias.
Danny Manning has shown that he's very active with his scholarships, and will look to utilize all 13 available scholarships. Last year the Deacs added Keyshawn Woods. So Manning isn't hesitant to add players who will have to sit out a year, but I believe that year three is so critical, and therefore Manning will place a heavy priority on players who are eligible immediately.
What do you all think?