2012-13 Top Transfers: #1 Aaric Murray, West Virginia
The 6'10" Aaric Murray did it all for LaSalle, score both inside and out, hit the glass and defend, but he also plays to the beat of his own drum. For all his talent and potential troubles, it's a perfect fit for Murray at West Virginia as head coach Bob Huggins is a disciplinary by nature; Huggins lost nearly half his scoring due to graduation.
Along with incoming transfer, Juwan Staten, a point guard from Dayton, and burly big man Deniz Kilicli, Murray will lead West Virginia into a first season success of the Big 12. With the loss of do-it-all forward Kevin Jones, Murray will slide right into the starting lineup and Mountaineers' fans can only hope that their key transfer picks up where he left off in 2011.
As a sophomore at LaSalle, Murray had the talent to dominate (15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.3 blocks), but rarely the mentality to keep himself checked into games. It's rare for a player of his size can play inside (50.8 on 2-point field-goals) and out (35.1 from 3-point range). Murray is athletic enough to play either the 4 or the 5, with even some developing perimeter skills and the athleticism to get some minutes at small forward. Murray has a thin frame, but is wiry strong at 250 pounds and plenty of room to add more muscle to his frame to deal with the rigors of the Big 12 and beyond.