"Oh, I learned a lot,'' He said. "Being here, you don't want to blow the opportunity. This is what they mean when they say the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. It's a lot greener over here than it was in Philly.''
The hope, of course, is that the grass is also greener for West Virginia this season with Murray around. He is not only the best true post player Huggins has had since he came here five years ago, he's pretty much the first. The 6-foot-10, 245-pounder has an NBA body waiting for an NBA game to grow into it.
And that's the reason he didn't mind finding out quickly what a taskmaster Huggins is. He knows in order to reach that level, he has a lot of work to do. And who better to work for than one of the most demanding coaches in the game?
So when he found out that Huggins wasn't nearly as mild in practice as he was on the recruiting trail, there was never a thought that he'd made the wrong decision.
"You don't think you made the wrong decision. You just know you can't quit,'' Murray said. "You know the NBA scouts will ask, 'How is he? Does he like to work hard?' And this is the person you need to vouch for you. If you can work hard for Bob Huggins, you can work hard anywhere.''
And it's not as if Huggins is out there working guys to a frazzle just for the pleasure of watching them suffer. Murray also quickly discovered that.
"You have to know who he is and what he wants,'' Murray said. "He wants us to be successful on and off the court. He doesn't care how talented you are, if you don't do what he wants you to do, you'll sit on the bench.''
And Murray has already spent too much time on the bench. Since leaving LaSalle, where he averaged 15.2 points as a sophomore and led the team in rebounding and blocks, he's hasn't been able to do much. He broke a hand last season while he was practicing with the team and lost most of the year that would have acclimated him to Huggins' system.
But Murray says the year he spent on the sidelines has revitalized him and made him hungrier and happier and more motivated just to be playing.
He wished for that, too, and so far hasn't been disappointed.
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