Tony Bennett, Top Facilities, Defense Led Trey Murphy III To Pick Virginia

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The University of Virginia men’s basketball program filled its only remaining scholarship spot in the 2020-21 season with Rice University transfer Trey Murphy III, a 6’8” wing who announced his decision on Monday, April 13. The Cavaliers’ pursuit began with a phone call from a coach Murphy III recognized from his days at Cary Academy in North Carolina.

“I had a previous relationship with [UVA associate head coach Jason] Williford,” Murphy III said. “In high school he had interest in me. Things just didn’t fall into place. When he reached out, it was like, ‘It’s good to talk to you again.’ He said he was showing interest and said they want me to be part of the program. He said they had talked to a lot of people near me. That’s how they do things. They take their time and make sure they get someone who is a good fit.”

Trey Murphy III likely projects as a combo forward for Virginia. He’ll have two years of eligibilty for the Hoos beginning in 2021-22. ~ Photo courtesy of Roger Steinman, Rice University Athletics

Coach Williford began UVA’s pursuit of the talented transfer, who departed Rice after two seasons. Virginia head coach Tony Bennett sealed the deal. Bennett phoned Murphy III two days after Williford’s call, and the initial conversation was a good one.

“When we first talked, we just talked about life,” Murphy III said. “He was asking me about the Rice situation. I just felt

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