By Professor Fred Whitted NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — The title above...
Bears Honoring Flip’s Legacy
RALEIGH, N.C. – Shaw University will honor Ronald “Flip” Murray, who starred with the Bears in the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons, by retiring his number 22 Monday, February 8 before Shaw takes on Livingstone College in men’s basketball at C. C. Spaulding Gymnasium on the Shaw campus.
Murray, now with the Charlotte Bobcats, was named Division II Player of the Year, first team All-America and CIAA Player of the Year during the 2001-02 season when he lead the Bears to the Division II Final Four.
Current Shaw Head Coach Cleo Hill, Jr., who served as an assistant coach during Murray’s time at Shaw, says Murray’s impact is still felt in the program.
“Any time you have a special player like Flip, he becomes part of the legacy and part of what your current players aspire to.”
At Shaw, the 6-foot-3 Murray averaged 23 points per game (the career record for Shaw), 5.7 assists per game, and 1.9 steals per game. He holds almost all of Shaw’s single season records, including points, steals, assists, points per game, and free throws made.
This season, Murray is averaging ten points in 21 minutes per game. Over his seven year NBA career, he has averaged 9.9 points and 2.3 assists a game while playing for Seattle, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana, Atlanta, and Milwaukee — who selected him with the 42nd overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft.
The ceremony will begin upon the completion of the women’s game against Livingstone, which begins at 5:30 p.m. The men’s game will be held immediately following the ceremony.