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Houston Cougars among final 4 schools for former Rice Owl Trey Murphy III

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POSTED: April 7, 2020 -- 10:20 p.m. CT

This afternoon, Trey Murphy III, 6'8", 200, former Rice Owls sophomore guard / forward, announced his final four schools he's considering to transfer. The Houston Cougars are among the group along with Pittsburgh, Villanova, and Virginia.

Murphy announced his decision to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal on Saturday, March 28.

Within hours after entering the transfer portal, Murphy had heard from numerous prominent basketball programs including Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Cincinnati, DePaul, Iowa State, Stanford, Texas, Wichita State, and Xavier.

In addition to Houston, 'Nova, Pitt, and Virginia, more programs including Georgetown and Minnesota got in touch with Murphy since then; and, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Murphy had 'virtual visits' with them. Murphy says he does not have a timetable for when he will announce his final decision.

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The Coogs got a first-hand look at Murphy's skillset in the first half of the November 19th match-up between the Coogs and Owls. Murphy scored the first 8 points in the game with 2 free throws and two 3-point buckets. He rolled his ankle in the opening half which limited his minutes and effectiveness; but, he did finish the half with a pump fake, drive, and two-hand slam dunk.

Murphy averaged 13.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game for the Rice Owls in 2019-'20. He shot 43.4% from the floor including 36.8% (75 for 204) from three-point range.

He scored a season-high 25 points November 12th against Northwestern State. Murphy made a season-high 6 three-pointers at La Tech on January 16; and, he pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds at North Texas on January 20.

Unless the NCAA decides to vote and pass legislation to allow immediate eligibility to transfers for the 2020-'21 season, Murphy will sit out the 2020-'21 season and have two seasons of college basketball eligibility remaining.

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