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Ervin Murray
Ervin Murray

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Wallace, N.C.

High School:
Wallace-Rose Hill HS

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 189

Position:
Guard

Experience:
3VL

A steady, dependable and unselfish senior point guard... led the ACC last season in assist-to-turnover ratio (84 assists, 26 turnovers)... coming off an injury-plagued junior season... began the year battling mononucleosis, which kept him sidelined most of preseason practice... towards the end of the season, he was plagued with knee tendinitis, which caused him to sit out the entire Feb. 24 game against Duke... looks to pass first but has the ability to be a scoring threat... was a catalyst in Wake Forest?s late-season success in 1999-00 after being inserted into the starting lineup in mid-February... started 12 of Wake?s final 13 games (he did not start on ?Senior Day?) and helped direct the Deacons to the NIT championship... produces modest scoring statistics but has demonstrated the ability to not only score, but rebound, pass and play defense... a versatile player capable of playing three positions (point guard, shooting guard, small forward)... he played all three positions on the prep level... knows how to get the ball to the open man at the right time... one of the best defenders on the team with his size, quickness and long arms... at 6-5, he can pose match-up problems for smaller opposing point guards... body fat is just 4.0 percent... could leave Wake Forest ranked among the all-time leaders in games played... with 184 career assists, he has a chance to be ranked among Wake?s all-time leaders in that category... has 14 career games with four or more assists... has 12 career games with five or more rebounds.

2000-01
Played in 29 of Wake?s 30 games and started 12 times... started those 12 games between Dec. 29 and Feb. 17... averaged 2.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game... led the team with 84 assists... ranked 14th in the ACC in assists with 2.9 per game... led the league in assist-to-turnover ratio... in ACC games, his assist-to-turnover ratio was nearly 3-to-1 with 43 assists and just 16 turnovers... shot 77.8 percent from the free throw line... recorded 21 steals... dished out six assists in the season opener against Mount St. Mary?s... sank his only three-point field goal attempt and grabbed a season-high eight rebounds to go with seven points in just 19 minutes against Campbell... scored six points and dished out six assists in 23 minutes in a home win versus South Carolina State... recorded a career-high nine assists in a key road win at Temple... played 30 minutes and dished out six assists in a road loss at Maryland... scored six points on 2-of-3 shooting and added five assists in home loss to No. 1-ranked North Carolina... played 30 minutes and grabbed six boards in ACC Tournament first-round game against Maryland.

1999-00
Appeared in 34 of Wake?s 36 games and started 12 games (12 of the final 13 games of the season)... hit 12-of-13 free throw attempts against ACC competition... averaged 24.8 minutes per game in the team?s last 15 contests, including 31 minutes against New Mexico... was solid against Notre Dame in the NIT title game with six points, four rebounds and three assists... dished out eight assists against Duke in the ACC Tournament semifinal... scored eight points in ACC Tournament first-round win over North Carolina, sinking 4-of-6 shots to go with four assists... tied a career-high by playing 35 minutes against the Tar Heels... played 34 minutes against Duke, scoring nine points on 2-of-3 shooting and 4-of-4 free throw attempts... scored a season-high 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds against Maryland... scored five points, grabbed five boards and dished out four assists in 28 minutes in first meeting of the season with North Carolina... scored seven points against Clemson... scored eight points and was a perfect 3-of-3 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the line against Maryland-Eastern Shore.

1998-99
Rookie guard appeared in 30 of 31 contests, providing solid defense, rebounding and play-making skills? court time increased as the season progressed... he averaged 20.5 minutes per game in the final 22 dates after playing just 8.6 mpg over the first eight games of the year? started at shooting guard for 14 straight ACC contests during the second half of the year before yielding the position to Joseph Amonett on "Senior Day"? cracked the starting lineup for the first time versus Virginia and netted a season-high 14 points and nine rebounds with four assists and only one turnover in 35 minutes... followed that performance with 11 points and four rebounds in 30 minutes in his next start at Clemson... impressive in his first four starts (Virginia, Clemson, Duke and Georgia Tech) as he totaled 36 points and 26 rebounds (9.0 ppg/6.5 rpg)... started and totaled nine points on 3-of-4 shooting and added four rebounds in Wake Forest's homecourt win over 4th-ranked Maryland? solid throughout his first eight starts, scoring 56 points (7.0 ppg)? four steals at Duke... opened the year with five points and two key steals against Illinois in 14 minutes in the Coaches vs Cancer Classic... both steals in that contest came in OT and led to four points as the Deacs rallied for a 75-73 win... finished the year with more assists (39) than turnovers (32)... committed just two turnovers in the final seven games of the year.

High School
An all-state (2nd team) performer as a senior at Wallace-Rose Hill where he led his team to a perfect record (31-0) and a state 2A championship? averaged 19.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg as a senior under coach Steve Robinson, playing primarily the small forward position? exhibited his passing skill by giving out more than five assists per game as well? nearly recorded a triple-double in state title victory by scoring nine points, grabbing 13 rebounds and handing out a championship game record 13 assists? listed as an honorable mention All-American by USA Today? played point guard as a junior on a state runner-up club? a two-time all-conference selection and a starter all four years on the varsity squad at Wallace-Rose Hill... played in both the North Carolina-South Carolina all-star game and the East-West All-Star Game following his senior season? teammate in the latter affair with fellow-Deacon freshman Craig Dawson? scored 11 points and collected a game-high 10 rebounds in that event in Greensboro? also a former teammate of Dawson and current Deacon Antwan Scott on outstanding AAU squad (Carolina Warriors)? joined on that club by former North Carolina center Brendan Haywood and current Tar Heels Kris Lang and Julius Peppers... competed in track as a high school athlete and earned all-conference honors? member of the Spanish Club, SADD and the student council while gaining a spot on the "B" Honor Roll as a senior.

Personal
Signed with Wake Forest during the spring of 1998 after establishing himself as one of North Carolina's most talented and successful seniors? his sister, Nicole, plays basketball at UNC-Greensboro... chose Wake Forest because of its small campus and the short distance from home... will turn 22 the day after Wake Forest hosts Georgia Tech on Jan. 26 (1/27/80).

Favorite song: ?We Fall Down? by Donnie McClurkin
Favorite book: ?My Life? by Magic Johnson
The person in history (deceased or alive) whom you would most like to meet: Bishop T.D. Jakes
The first thing you would do if you were President of the United States: put prayer back in the schools
Teammate who makes you laugh the hardest: Antwan Scott
The most famous person you've met: Michael Jordan
The person who has most influenced your athletic career: my dad
The most difficult player you've defended: Steve Francis
Team you would add to the schedule: Furman
High school teammates now playing Division I or pro basketball: Paul Foster (Furman)
AAU or summer ball teammates now playing Div. I or pro basketball: Brendan Haywood
The first thing you thought when you first met Coach Prosser: winning
Your biggest pet peeve: complaining
The one possession you would keep if you lost all but one: Bible
The most famous person to attend your high school: M.L. Carr

 

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