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September 9, 2012Arizona State's newest basketball commit, Los Angeles Price guard Chance Murray, at one point had scholarship offers from Cal, UCLA, USC and Washington, but at the time of his decision, only Arizona State and Washington State were true suitors among Pac-12 schools. Murray said it didn't bother him in the slightest.
"I'm not worried about that, I'm just focused on what I have to do to help my team win," the 6-foot-2 Murray said. "I'm not going to worry about what everyone else thinks and just worry about how I can get better and help my team and worry about everything I control and everything else will just fall into place."
Schools backed away from Murray due to concerns over his in-game assertiveness and energy, but Murray went out and had a good summer playing for Los Angeles-based AAU program Rockfish, one of the better coached summer teams in the region.
"I think I had a great summer," Murray said. "I had a great time with my team and I loved how they helped my career. I definitely got better and started to pick my spots more and I think that's only going to continue my senior year and then in college."
Visiting ASU with his parents over the weekend on his first of five allowable official trips, the Murray family took in the Sun Devils' big football win over Illinois and got a tour of the facilities and even met with school president Michael Crow.
"I got to hang out with their other commit Egor (Koulechov, a 6-foot-5 wing) and got to know him and see a lot more about the school. I had a great time and kind of expected I might commit before we went there but everything lived up to our expectations. Even though it was my first official, I felt like I saw everything I needed to and don't feel like I'll be missing out on anything by not taking other trips."
Murray, a two-guard who can shoot it and handle it at a high level and also score from mid-range and faciliate an offense well for being more of an off-ball player, said that assistant Dedrique Taylor did a good job recruiting him and the staff additions of Larry Greer and Eric Musselman only helped his decision along.
"Those guys have a lot of experience in the NBA and know what it takes to get there and how to do it so they're only going to help players like me who are trying to play as long as possible," Murray said.