Four-star prospect Taine Murray did not waste any time making his commitment to the University of Virginia men’s basketball program official. On Wednesday (November 11), the first day of the Early Signing Period for the class of 2021, the 6’5”, 200-pound guard signed and faxed his letter of intent to UVA.
Dean and Markel Families Head Basketball Coach Tony Bennett announced the signing in this press release.
“We are excited to add Taine into the Virginia men’s basketball family,” Bennett said in the release. “Taine is a skilled and versatile guard, and he and his parents value a degree from the University of Virginia. We look forward to him joining our program next fall.”
— Taine Murray (@MurrayTaine) November 11, 2020
Murray hails from Auckland, New Zealand, where he attended Rosmini College. He guided Rosmini College to an 82-14 record in three seasons, including a national runner-up finish in the 2018-2019 campaign. Murray’s final season was canceled due to the coronavirus.
Murray made a name for himself outside of Rosmini College, averaging 18 points (43.5% 3-point shooting), four rebounds and three assists for the Auckland Huskies of the New Zealand National Basketball League in 2019-20. He has signed on as an unpaid developmental player with the Sky Sport Breakers for 2020-21.
Murray, who played in a Basketball Without Borders event in 2019, committed to Virginia over Maryland and Stanford. He also received scholarship offers from California, Colorado, Creighton and Purdue.
247Sports ranks Murray as a 4-star prospect and the no. 74 overall prospect in the class of 2021. He is the no. 12 shooting guard in the class per 247. Rivals has not assigned Murray national or positional ranking, but the outlet has him as a 4-star as well.
Highlights of the newest Hoo are below. In order, the videos are of Murray in the NBL last season, his junior year highlights at Rosmini, and at the Great American Shootout. Click here to view highlights from 2019 Basketball Without Borders.