William Murray is one of the best players from the Niceville, FL area in the Class of 2020.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Murray, who attends Rocky Bayou Christian School, is a dynamic player that works as a shooting guard and power forward.
No matter the opponent, every game Murray is determined to give it his all.
Murray is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Murray steps between the lines.
“I feel that my mindset for my position is to help facilitate the offense that the coach calls. I also want to provide scoring, penetration with the ball, and perimeter looks for the offense,” Murray said. “On the defensive end, I seek to pressure the guards, rebound, and eliminate drives to the basket.”
Murray has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Murray tells why he enjoys the game of basketball so much.
“I love the friendships that I have gained and the competition that we get to play during the season,” Murray said.
Murray has learned many valuable lessons from playing basketball that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“It has taught me to play hard at all times and let the results show for themselves,” Murray said.
Murray recalls his favorite basketball memory.
“My favorite memory is scoring 17 points against a notable opponent,” Murray said. “I made four three-pointers that game.”
Rob Hubbs is in his first season coaching Murray for Rocky Bayou Christian School.
Hubbs explains the best parts of Murray’s game.
“He plays the shooting guard and power forward position. Because he plays football and is a tougher kid I have to put him in the paint to box out and get big rebounds even if he is undersized for that position,” Hubbs said. “As a shooting guard he has a fluid shot that he gets off quick but can take it to the hole and draw fouls when we need him too. He handles the ball very well and is a key factor in bringing the ball down the floor when being pressed.”
Murray takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Murray makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I demonstrate being a good teammate by continuing to encourage them to play their best at all times and applauding the team throughout games and practices for their constant hustle,” Murray said. “The best advice I give is to trust your shot and keep shooting.”
Hubbs adds that Murray is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“He is an encourager and great to be around. I have never heard a complaint come out of his mouth. He supports his teammates and having a higher basketball IQ than most he helps the young guys understand who might get frustrated learning a new offense and the pressures that come with playing on the varsity,” Hubbs said. “I’m excited because I get two full years with Will and how open he is to taking coaching.”
Murray is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“My coaches have taught me to strive to give my best effort on and off the court. They have helped me understand the value of hard work and determination,” Murray said. “They tell me hard work will beat talent when talent doesn’t want to work hard.”
Hubbs is an advocate of Murray’s capabilities.
“In two of our big wins at home to start the year we had to have somebody step up in the fourth quarter and Will did knocking down three big 3s in both games at times when the other teams were making a big push and the gyms were getting heated to put us over the top,” Hubbs saiid. “He also knocked down some crucial free throws those in those games.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Murray also has a high level of basketball IQ as well.
Murray has excellent basketball awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“He and his family are Carolina Blue basketball fans, so since he was in the crib basketball has been in his everyday life,” Hubbs said. “Growing up in the Florida panhandle you find kids more geared to football which sometimes doesn’t carry over to having a high basketball IQ but not Will. He knows the game and what he needs to do to score with the basketball, whether taking it to the hole and drawing a foul or hitting outside 3’s. That is his specialty.”
Murray is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“He works extremely hard in the weight room which is rare for a lot of basketball guys nowadays. You hear excuses like ‘It’s going to mess up my shot. I can’t workout because I have a game.’ Yada yada yada. Not Will Murray,” Hubbs said. “He works out in the football weightlifting class and continually makes gains each time we max out on lifts. Some of his best games where he hit big shots in the fourth quarter occurred on days where he lifted in seventh period. He never complains and just does the work necessary to be successful in today’s style of basketball.”
Hubbs explains why he compares Murray to this player.
“Klay Thompson is who he reminds me of,” Hubbs said. “He can shoot but plays good defense and does the little things that win you ball games but doesn’t have to be on the billboards like Durant and Curry.”
Murray patterns his mentality after the three-time NBA champion sharpshooter.
“Probably my favorite player is Klay Thompson because of his shooting, defense, and humble and quiet personality,” Murray said. “I relate to him personally because I too have a quiet personality, and I also take pride in my shooting.”
Murray is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“My goals on the courts are leading my team in scoring and being a feared team in our division,” Murray said. “My goal off the court is being known as a man of integrity from my classmates and my teammates.”
Murray lists history as his favorite subject in school.
“I enjoy learning about the past and how it affects us today,” Murray said.
Hubbs outlines the areas of improvement that will take Murray to the next level.
“We are currently working on moving without the basketball. He has a number of new teammates this year that are still learning to play together. They all are willing to share the ball but are getting accustomed to how they move and where they will be on the floor,” Hubbs said. “He is our running back and defensive back for football so these early games in the season his conditioning will improve with the transition for being in football shape and basketball shape.”
Hubbs believes the sky is the limit as long as Murray continues to stay hungry.
“He will have many options due to his high GPA and work ethic. He loves the game of basketball and works hard at the gritty things like the weight room and individual skills,” Hubbs said. “He can go to Christian college or a public college that will match up with Will’s strong belief in Jesus Christ. He has great family support that works towards wills success and the success of the program as a whole.”
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