Junior college transfer Ryan Murphy signed an aid agreement to solidify his commitment to Pitt and officially join the team on Friday, per a release from the school. The former New Mexico Junior College guard is Pitt’s fourth recruit of the 2019 class and the third to sign a binding agreement with the program.
”Ryan is a seasoned player with a strong competitive spirit,” Pitt head coach Jeff Capel said in a statement. “He is an outstanding shooter with deep range and will be an excellent floor-spacer in our offense. He has the skill set and intangibles to be a significant contributor for us. We are excited to add another tough-minded and experienced player to our program.”
Prior to his arrival at Pitt, Murphy averaged 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game during his brief stint in Hobbs, New Mexico. His season was limited to 13 games due to a foot injury, but he has since said that he is back to 100 percent. The injury may explain the precipitous dip in his three-point percentage from 40.0 in his redshirt freshman season to 28.0 in his subsequent campaign. Of course, his 40-percent shooting performance occurred when he was with Charlotte, a Division I school competing in Conference USA.
The 6’2” sharpshooter played a smaller role with Charlotte, as he took part in 19 games and started five, averaging 6.7 points and 1.2 rebounds over that span. However, he was a reliable contributor and once scored 27 points against Old Dominion in 2018.
With Murphy now officially tied to Pitt for the upcoming season, the only member of the 2019 recruiting class unaccounted for is 6’8” power forward Karim Coulibaly. Coulibaly was expected to sign his national letter of intent in May, but the deadline passed this week without him putting pen to paper. At the moment, he is still committed to Pitt, but he is not bound to the school by anything other than his verbal pledge. Pitt's other two recruits, Justin Champagnie and Gerald Drumgoole, both signed their letters of intent in April.