STILLWATER – Oklahoma State’s revolving roster door revealed another player hitting the exit Thursday with news of Kamari Murphy’s intent to transfer, likely back to the New York City area.
As reported in The Oklahoman last week, Murphy had been considering a transfer – with one program insider suggesting the odds at 50-50 – before events back home may have swayed his decision.
Murphy, a Brooklyn native, revealed on Twitter Wednesday one possible added incentive for returning home, a stroke suffered by his grandmother.
“… she’s my backbone, my heart,” Murphy wrote in his post. “My reason for being the MAN I am today!”
Neither Murphy or OSU coach Travis Ford made an official announcement on the player’s planned departure, but Dana Dingle, coach of the summer league New York Lightning, confirmed to media there that Murphy was leaving.
“He’s just open right now, just seeing who’s interested and all of that,” Dingle told SNY.tv. “No one school in particular.”
Murphy started 21 games for the Cowboys last season, averaging 6.1 points and 6.3 rebounds. He was close to former assistant coach Steve Middleton, who fired in March, which may have played into his initial consideration to transfer.
Minus Murphy, the Cowboys have just six scholarship players – Le’Bryan Nash, Phil Forte, Michael Cobbins, Leyton Hammonds, Jeffrey Carroll and Marek Soucek – remaining from the team that finished the recently completed season.
Marcus Smart and Markel Brown are headed for pro ball, while Murphy, Brian Williams, Stevie Clark and Gary Gaskins all left the program with eligibility remaining, for various reasons. Williams recently committed to play at the University of Louisiana.
OSU’s latest recruiting class currently features five players: high school signees Mitch Solomon, Joe Burton and Tyree Griffin, along with junior college additions Jeff Newberry and Anthony Allen. There were reports last week that the Cowboys gained a commitment from three-star forward Tavarius Shine from Fork Union, Va., but OSU has not announced his signing.
And Ford and his staff continue to pursue players. They hosted USC transfer and leading scorer Byron Wesley for a visit last weekend. And they’ll get a visit this weekend from Elijah Stewart, the top remaining uncommitted high school player. Stewart, a four-star shooting guard from Los Angeles, is the nation’s No. 64-ranked player by Rivals.com.