Kansas State's Montavious Murphy to enter transfer portal

Dylan Sherwood
Salina Journal
Kansas State Wildcats forward Montavious Murphy (23) hangs on the rim in the second half against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Feb. 19, 2020, at United Supermarkets Arena.

Injuries have plagued Montavious Murphy during his first two years at Kansas State.

With much consideration, the redshirt sophomore announced Tuesday on Twitter that's he's going to enter his name into the transfer portal.

Murphy will have three years of eligibility left after being granted a medical redshirt this past season after having knee surgery and missed 36 games in his two years as a Wildcat. 

"I would like to thank coach Brad Korn and coach (Bruce) Weber for recruiting me and also like to thank the rest of the coaching staff for their help along the way," Murphy said in his post. "I am thankful for all the great experiences I have had here at Kansas State and I appreciate all the love and support from the things.

"I feel that it is time for a new chapter in my basketball career and I can't wait to get started."

Murphy played in 23 games with 17 starts in his two years in Manhattan. He was the fourth freshman to start a season opener in Weber's tenure at K-State. 

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Murphy's career-high came back on Jan. 15, 2020, against Texas Tech where he scored 11 points, only one of three games where he eclipsed double-figures. He averaged 5.2 points and 3.7 rebounds as a freshman.

He appeared in K-State's first three games of the 2020-21 season with making a start against Drake on Nov. 25, 2020. Murphy's final appearance in a K-State uniform came on Jan. 2 against TCU, where he only played seven minutes. Murphy scored 11 points with six of them coming on Nov. 30, 2020, against Kansas City.  

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Murphy was ranked No. 141 in Rivals 150 and was ranked No. 173 according to 247 Sports. Murphy played three years at Klein Collins High School in Spring, Texas before transferring for his senior year at Concordia Lutheran in Tomball, Texas. 

He was also ranked as the top player in the city of Houston according to several outlets during his senior season. Murphy was also one of 10 finalists for the Guy V. Lewis Award, which is given to the best high school player in the Houston area.