Aaric Murray/Texas Southern Athletics

Aaric Murray was unquestionably the best player in the SWAC during the 2013-14 season.

Murray, who earned conference Player of the Year honors at Texas Southern, now has his sights set on tonight’s NBA Draft.

The senior led the SWAC in scoring (21.6), blocks (2.5) and shot 49 percent from the floor in his only season in Houston.

While the 6-10 big is not expected to be a first round pick, Murray could be a late second round pick.

Murray, who was at LaSalle and West Virginia before arriving at Texas Southern, was an integral part of the Tigers’ NCAA tournament team. He had 48 points in a win at Temple and 38 in a loss to Cal Poly in the First Four.

“People want to see if he can control his emotions. All I know is that I never had any problems with him.” – Texas Southern head coach Mike Davis

“Everyone knows he can score and block shots,” Texas Southern head coach Mike Davis said. “But these teams want to see if he can play defense. I didn’t ask him to play defense a whole lot for us because I didn’t want him to get in foul trouble, to be honest with you.

“I wanted to try to win some of those non-conference games, so I didn’t want him to get into early foul trouble. He normally guarded the weakest guy.”

Davis said Murray needed to show NBA teams that he was anything but the player who found trouble at two previous stops before landing at Texas Southern

“People want to see if he can control his emotions,” Davis said. “All I know is that I never had any problems with him.”



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