Worldwide career leads Toure' Murry back home to Wichita State

 

By: George Abunaw


Toure' Murry has played all around the world. His next stop? Back home in Wichita.

When Toure’ Murry first stepped onto the campus of Wichita State, he didn’t know what to expect. While being a high school phenom in Houston certainly put him under the microscope, moving to basketball-crazy Kansas and playing in-front of 10,000+ fans every night was a whole different animal.  

Despite his initial reservations, Murry credits his Wichita State experience for helping him become a man. Now, seven years after his last game for the Shockers, Murry is ready to return to the campus that changed his life.

For the first time ever the AfterShocks, a Wichita State alumni team, will be competing in TBT as one of the eight regional host teams. They will play at Koch Arena from July 25-28.

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“I’m definitely excited to play for the AfterShocks and at Koch Arena in front of all the great fans that rooted for me from 2008 to 2012,” said Murry. “It’s an experience that all of us can enjoy and can bring us closer together.”

“One of my good friends, Karon Bradley, came up with the idea of making the team and bringing together all the great alums that came through Wichita State,” he added. “To have a chance of being a part of something great and winning $2 million dollars, it was a no brainer for me.”

Murry enters TBT as one of the most experienced players on the AfterShocks roster. After a decorated four-year career at Wichita State, which included an NIT Championship in 2011, he went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft. He eventually signed with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and won an NBA G-League title in his first professional season. 

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From there, he went on to have one of the most memorable years of his life. On September 11, 2013, Murry signed his first NBA contract with the New York Knicks. In 51 games, he averaged 2.7 points and 1 assist per game. More importantly, he fulfilled a life-long dream of making an NBA roster.

"I thought I had a chance to get drafted on NBA Draft night and, unfortunately, I wasn't," said Murry. "From that day forward I just set my goal as high as possible and I knew it would take some luck, I knew it would take some hard work and perseverance. I just knew that if I gave it all on the court and showed all the scouts what I was capable of... I could potentially become an NBA player and that's what happened."

In 2016, after two more years of various NBA and G-League stints, Murry found himself heading abroad for the first time. Like so many other overseas hoopers, it has been a whirlwhind experience. Over the past four years, he has called Turkey, Germany, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and now Italy home. 

While exhilarating, his career experiences have also taught him the importance of humility and perseverance in the basketball world.

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“In professional basketball…it’s not about egos,” said Murry. “You’ve got to be willing to make sacrifices for the team and understand the team might only need [you to do one thing]. That’s what I do well.”

While playing abroad, Murry found himself paying attention to TBT. His former G-League teammates, D.J Kennedy and Kyle Fogg, are two of the best players in tournament history and have won four titles each with Overseas Elite. The more they won, the more Murry became intrigued about the tournament. As he continued to watch, he realized that TBT is filled with guys just like him: talented enough to play in the NBA but just looking for the right fit.  So, when Karon Bradley approached him with the opportunity to play with his Shockers brothers back in the place where his journey started, Murry did not have to think twice.

“It reaps benefits playing on ESPN with a lot of exposure and you never know what can come out of this,” said Murry. “I’ve seen the things that happened to former players that got a chance.”

Photos courtesy of Wichita State athletics