May 19, 2009
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - LeShaun Murphy, a 6-foot-1-inch guard from Sachse, Texas, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's basketball team.
Murphy attended one season of high school at Saint Joseph's High School in Chicago and then transferred for his final three seasons of prep basketball at Sachse High School.
"We are very excited to sign a player of LeShaun's caliber," said SIUE coach Lennox Forrester. "He is an outstanding athlete and has a high basketball IQ which gives him the ability to play both guard positions."
Murphy, who averaged 15.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game last season, comes from a high school program led by head coach Dwight Williams, who is very well-respected by Coach Forrester.
"Watching Coach Williams work his team out this spring gives me great confidence that LeShaun will work at a very high level on a daily basis," said Forrester.
Murphy garnered first team All-Conference and was named the league's Defensive Most Valuable Player as a senior. The team captain this past season, Murphy also recorded 66 career blocks.