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Emmerson Murray Commits to California

Posted on 28. Apr, 2010 by Tariq Sbiet in High School, Interviews

One of Canada’s finest guards, Emerson Murray, a 6’3 combo out of Vancouver, British Columbia has been an unsigned commodity for some time now. Programs such as Gonzaga, Washington State, San Diego, Portland and Utah State have been showing interest in this high-flying Canadian guard but the University of California-Berkeley was able to secure Em for the upcoming season.

Murray has an impressive resume that includes being selected twice to the PHASE 1 All-Canadian team, a provincial title where he drained a buzzer beater to capture gold as well as provincial MVP honours.

He was ready to pack his bags and head out to a prep school for the upcoming season as he was almost positive that most schools had lost interest. Murray had been communicating with Bridgton Academy and Brewster in New Hampshire.

However, after a call from the California coaching staff about heading down to the West Coast for a training session, everything changed. With a good work out and a tour of the school, Emerson was blown away by the experience.

“It was awesome man; it was everything I thought it would be. It was real good and the coaches were very genuine.”

Murray had plans to visit UCLA but after stepping on to the Bears’ campus, he was sold.

“They never told me what I ‘wanted’ to hear; they were honest and told me exactly what their school offers.”

Smiling from ear to ear, it was unmistakable that Emerson is satisfied with his commitment.

“No regrets at all, I’m so happy with my decision and I couldn’t ask for a better situation…I think that everything happens for a reason and this was just Godly,” explains Murray.

“I’m really happy with this school and I’m just ready to work.”

This lead guard played the point for his St. George squad where he excelled as a leader and playmaker for the Saints. He is a very quick guard and was sometimes a little too quick for himself which caused some reckless turnovers in the past.

“I think I’m a little bit more controlled now because before I just played very free in high school. Now I think I understand the game more and just love it more because I can appreciate it.”

After a serious ankle injury near the end of the summer, Murray was completely frustrated due to the fact that he could not be on the court. Nevertheless, he endured this hurdle and is now more grateful than ever.

“You could say my injury was a blessing in disguise because I don’t take the game for granted anymore.”

This injury had Murray going through a rollercoaster ride as schools showed less interest over the course of the year. The one thing that has proved true is that the University of California didn’t take his game for granted either.

 

Tariq Sbiet - Canadian Recruiting Analyst

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Email me at tariq.sbiet@gmail.com

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