Murray picks Washington

Top 50 recruit Dejounte Murray announced and discussed his college decision with Scout.com. Where is the talented four-star guard headed?

Dejounte Murray, a four-star prospect out of Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach, informed Scout.com of his college decision on Tuesday. The four-star recruit committed to Lorenzo Romar and Washington.

"I just chose Washington on because it's my hometown," Murray said. "It's a good place. They have a good coaching staff. It's a good overall school. Plus, it's not going to be hard for my family to get to the games and stuff. I have such a huge family and they all are interested in coming to watch me play in college. They've been supporting me since I started playing AAU basketball all the way up until now."

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  • "That was the best fit for me," Murray said about picking Washington. "I want to go somewhere where I can play. I know I'm going to work hard. That's the best fit for me."

    Murray picked the Huskies over strong interest from a number of schools including Gonzaga, California, Oregon, Arizona and others.

    "Another reason I picked them was they were the first school to recruit me," Murray said. "They were on me. Coach Romar called me a lot. It wasn't the assistant coaches all the time. He called me a lot."

    "We just built a real good relationship," he added. "I just like him for the guy he is. He's a good coach. He's a better person and all their players all graduate. He just makes sure to turn his players into better men."

    Murray said he also developed a strong bond with the assistant coaches at Washington and that factored into his decision as well.

    "Coach [Raphael] Chillious and I have a good relationship," Murray said. "We've talked a lot. I've got a good relationship with coach T.J. [Otzelberger]. All the coaches were all good coaches to me and good people to me."

    A 6-foot-5 wiry wing, Murray has good size and length for a shooting guard. He's a quality athlete with impressive versatility. He's a good driver, a capable shooter out to three, is a good passer, has potential as a defender and rebounds well from the perimeter.

    "I feel like I'm going to fit in real well," he responded when asked about Washington's style of play. "I'm going to play hard, work hard. I'm going to school for four years and to play there for four years. I just want to work hard and help us win."

    Murray averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists a game for Rainier Beach during his junior season. Murray, a four-star prospect, is ranked No. 46 overall in the 2015 class.

    Washington now holds three pledges in their 2015 recruiting class. To go with Murray, Romar and his staff have commitments from four-star power forward Marquese Chriss as well as Murray's high school teammate David Crisp.

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