Harrison Central Boys Basketball’s Sam Murray II signs with Murray State

Biloxi’s Isaiah Canaan was an NBA Draft pick out of Murray State. Nine years later, Harrison Central’s Sam Murray II is also taking his Division I talents to Murray State, making him the first player since from the six coastal counties to run his own race with the Racers.

A surprise Signing Day reveal seemingly meant to be, Sam Murray II signed his National Letter of Intent with Murray State less than two weeks after his official visit to the state of Kentucky. “When I made the call was at the end of the visit. It was the last day. I was just about to leave, and I knew for sure that was where I wanted to be at.”

A three-star recruit according to 24/7Sports and a four-star recruit according to ESPN, Murray says he had two dozen offers to choose from by the time it was all said and done, but only one felt like home. “What sold me on the Racers is their plan for me, and me alone. And I just felt like they knew what they were talking about and they knew how to go in the right direction with me. And they showed me that they care.”

Murray is now next in line for a program that’s had at least one player on the roster from the Magnolia state or a transfer from a Mississippi junior college for the last 13 years running.

He’s also the first Harrison Central player to sign D1 out of high school since Trent Jeffries ten years ago. “It means a lot. It holds lots of weight. This is something that I’ve worked for since I was young. And I’m very happy to accomplish this. And I want to keep going forward in my career.”

A 6’9” point-forward, Murray averaged more than 17 points and nine rebounds per game as a senior and was a part of two Final Four teams as a sophomore and junior.

Almost back-to-back and now Murray to Murray State, all part of that forever Red Rebel legacy. “We could’ve went three times back-to-back in the state, but things happen and it always happens to the best teams. It happens to the best. And I’m just happy to say that I was a part of those good teams, and I know that we made a stamp on Harrison Central.”

Murray State is coming off a round of 32 appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in program history.

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