Former Explorer Aaric Murray leaving West Virginia

Former Explorer Aaric Murray leaving West Virginia
July 15, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Aaric Murray is 0-for-2.

The former La Salle Explorer is no longer a part of the West Virginia basketball program.

Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins said in a statement that "it was a mutual agreement that it would be in Murray's best interest to finish his college career elsewhere," but a report from CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello says Murray was dismissed.

Whatever the case, Murray is the fifth player to leave Huggins and Morgantown this offseason. Aaron Brown (Saint Joseph's), Jabarie Hinds (UMass), Keaton Miles (Arkansas) and Volodymyr Gerun (Portland) all previously asked for their release and have moved on to other programs.

Murray, a 6-foot-10, 245-pound forward/center, is a native of Philadelphia and played his high school basketball at Glen Mills before joining the Explorers in 2009. Murray spent two years with the team, averaging 15.2 points and 7.7 rebounds as a sophomore, before leaving La Salle under similarly unclear circumstances.

He then announced his intent to transfer to West Virginia, but during the 2011-12 season, which he was forced to sit out due to NCAA rules, Murray was arrested in Philadelphia for possession of narcotics.

When he finally took the floor for West Virginia last season, he scored 8.8 points and pulled down 5.9 rebounds in only 20 minutes per night. Murray reportedly flirted with the idea of turning pro after leaving La Salle, so it's of little surprise that the situation in West Virginia didn't work out given his playing time -- or given whatever else could have led to his reported dismissal.

Murray graduated from West Virginia in May, meaning he'll be eligible to join another program without having to sit out.

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