JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 19, 2018) – On Thursday, ETSU women’s basketball head coach Brittney Ezell announced the signing of Richmond transfer Taisha Murphy (Clayton, N.C.) to the Buccaneer roster.
“Taisha brings versatility to our backcourt with her ability to play three, if not, four positions to the floor,” stated head coach Brittney Ezell. “She is a talented scorer with great court vision and is basketball savvy. We are thrilled that she has chosen ETSU and it is an incredible addition to an already outstanding recruiting class. We are so thrilled to have the entire incoming class on campus this summer.”
Murphy played at the University of Richmond during her freshman and sophomore years.
As a sophomore, she had a breakout effort in 16 minutes at William & Mary, scoring six points. She had a career-best three rebounds vs. Morgan State and scored five points in 18 minutes vs. George Mason on 2-5 shooting. Murphy ended her time at Richmond scoring in each of her final four appearances on the season.
During her freshman season, Murphy made her first appearance against James Madison, while scoring her first basket at Appalachian State. Her best performance came at Virginia, where she scored 14 points on 5-7 shooting and 4-6 from the long range.
Prior to Richmond, Murphy was rated the No. 3 point guard in North Carolina by LEH Hoop Report. She led her team to the third round of NC 4A playoffs in 2013, while being the team leader in scoring, assists, and free throw percentage in her junior and senior years. Murphy averaged 24.5 points, five rebounds, and seven assists in 2015, reaching 30 or more points in six games. The North Carolina native transferred to Clayton High School after winning a conference championship at Ravenscroft School (Raleigh) as a freshman. In high school, she was ranked 75th nationally at her position by ESPN Hoopgurlz.
Since sitting out this past year, Murphy has two years of eligibility remaining, starting in the 2018-19 season. The junior guard joins an impressive 2018-19 recruiting class for the Bucs that features Amaya Adams, Shynia Jackson, E’Lease Stafford, and Kaia Upton.
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