Trey Murphy III

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Trey Murphy III
No. 25 – New Orleans Pelicans
PositionSmall forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (2000-06-18) June 18, 2000 (age 22)
Durham, North Carolina, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolCary Academy
(Cary, North Carolina)
College
NBA draft2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17th overall
Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
Playing career2021–present
Career history
2021–presentNew Orleans Pelicans
2021–2022Birmingham Squadron
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Kenneth "Trey" Murphy III (born June 18, 2000) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Rice Owls and the Virginia Cavaliers.

Early life and high school career[edit]

Murphy was born in Durham, North Carolina to his mother, Albeda, and father, Kenneth Murphy Jr..[1] He played high school basketball at Cary Academy in Cary, North Carolina, where, as a senior, he averaged 24.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while shooting 49.4% from the floor.[2] He also shot 43.6% from beyond the three-point line and 85.8% from the free-throw stripe. On October 4, 2017, Murphy committed to playing college basketball for Rice.[3]

College career[edit]

Rice[edit]

As a freshman, Murphy played in all 32 of Rice's games. He came off the bench 31 times and got to start one game, the first being against Charlotte in March 2019. He averaged 8.4 points and 2.6 rebounds. He ranked fourth in Conference USA (C-USA) in three-point field goal percentage (42.1%) and 14th in 3-pointers made per game (2.0).Set the school freshman record for three-point field goal percentage (42.1%). On January 26, 2019, Murphy scored a career-high of 24 points and five 3-pointers while going a career-best 6-of-6 from the free-throw line against UAB.[4] As a sophomore, Murphy played in 29 of 32 games for Rice. He started in 23 of those games while coming off the bench in six. He led the Owls in scoring with 13.7 points and recorded 25 double-figure scoring games with two double-doubles. He also led the team with six 20-point games.[5]

Virginia[edit]

On March 30, 2020, Murphy entered the transfer portal, and on April 14, 2020, he transferred to Virginia.[6] Cary, North Carolina native, friend, and future teammate, Justin McKoy helped recruit him to Virginia.[7] Due to COVID-19 affecting college basketball, Murphy did not have to sit out a year and was granted three years of immediate eligibility instead of two.

Coming off the bench, Murphy scored 21 points while shooting 7-of-9 from the field in the Cavaliers' season opener in Bubbleville. He made his first start against William & Mary in late December 2020 and started the remainder of the season.[8] At this time, NBA scouts saw him as a top 45 draft prospect.[9] As a junior, he averaged 11.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. After posting a highly efficient 50–40–90 season under Tony Bennett at Virginia, Murphy declared for the 2021 NBA draft while maintaining his college eligibility.[10] On June 21, 2021, Murphy announced that he signed with an agent, forgoing his remaining eligibility with Virginia and ending his collegiate career.[11]

Professional career[edit]

Murphy was selected with the 17th pick in the 2021 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies, but was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.[12][13] On August 10, 2021, Murphy signed a contract with the Pelicans.[14] In January 2022 he and Naji Marshall were assigned to the Pelicans' G League affiliate, the Birmingham Squadron.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2021–22 New Orleans 62 1 13.9 .394 .382 .882 2.4 .6 .4 .1 5.4
Career 62 1 13.9 .394 .382 .882 2.4 .6 .4 .1 5.4

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2022 New Orleans 6 0 20.0 .409 .474 .800 2.5 .5 .5 .2 5.2
Career 6 0 20.0 .409 .474 .800 2.5 .5 .5 .2 5.2

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018–19 Rice 32 2 20.6 .442 .421 .725 2.6 .7 .5 .5 8.4
2019–20 Rice 29 23 30.2 .434 .368 .824 5.5 1.2 .9 .6 13.7
2020–21 Virginia 25 20 29.6 .503 .433 .927 3.4 1.2 .8 .4 11.3
Career 86 45 26.4 .455 .401 .819 3.8 1.0 .7 .5 11.0

Personal life[edit]

His father, Kenneth, played at East Carolina from 1986 to 1988.[16] Murphy goes by "Trey" because his father goes by "Kenny" and his grandfather goes by "Ken".[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trey Murphy III". Virginia Cavaliers Official Athletic Site. June 19, 2020.
  2. ^ "NBA & ABA Players Who Attended High School in North Carolina". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2022-08-07.
  3. ^ "Trey Murphy Timeline Events". 247sports.com.
  4. ^ "Trey Murphy III". Rice Owls.
  5. ^ "Trey Murphy III". Sports Reference.
  6. ^ "Virginia lands transfer Trey Murphy III". virginiasports.com. Virginia Sports. April 16, 2020. Retrieved April 12, 2021.
  7. ^ "Meet Trey Murphy III". WUVA News.
  8. ^ "Gamelog". ESPN.
  9. ^ "Weekend Observations: Juzang, Trey Murphy III, VMI heartbreaker". Augusta Free Press.
  10. ^ "Trey Murphy III announces decision to enter NBA Draft, maintain eligibility". https:www.streakingthelawn.com. SB Nation. April 13, 2021. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  11. ^ Givony, Jonathan (June 21, 2021). "Projected first-round pick Trey Murphy forgoes eligibility at Virginia, remains in NBA draft". ESPN. Retrieved June 21, 2021.
  12. ^ "Pelicans acquire Valančiūnas and Graham in three-team trade with Grizzlies and Hornets". NBA.com. August 7, 2021.
  13. ^ Clark, Christian (July 29, 2021). "Pelicans take Trey Murphy with 17th pick, a Virginia forward with a smooth 3-point stroke". Nola.com. Retrieved July 30, 2021.
  14. ^ "Pelicans sign Trey Murphy III". NBA.com. August 10, 2021. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  15. ^ "New Orleans Pelicans Assign Naji Marshall and Trey Murphy Iii to Birmingham Squadron". Nola.com. January 22, 2022. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  16. ^ "Trey Murphy III". Virginia Cavaliers Official Athletic Site. June 19, 2020.
  17. ^ "Want to know more about new UVA transfer, Trey Murphy". instagram.com. Wahoops. April 14, 2020. Archived from the original on 2021-12-24. Retrieved May 18, 2021.

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