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Basketball: Lamond Murray into Hall of Honor

By Jeff Faraudo
Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 at 9:31 pm in Alumni, Basketball, Pac-12 news.

Lamond Murray, one of the most gifted scorers in Cal basketball history, is a 2012 addition to the Pac-12 Conference Hall of Honor.

Murray, who came to Cal from Kennedy HS in Fremont, teammed with Jason Kidd to lead the Bears into the 1993 NCAA tournament Sweet 16 following a win over two-time defending national champion Duke.

My most vivid memory of Murray came in the final regular-season game of the 1993-94 season at Washington State. The Bears were in position to clinch a share of the Pac-10 title with Arizona, and Murray was spectacular. He scored 38 points — at one point nailing a 3-point shot from the right corner (I swear) without even looking at the rim.

But the Cougars overtook the Bears 94-82, leaving Cal in second place. The Kidd-Murray era ended one game later with a first-round 1994 NCAA loss to Wisconsin-Green Bay.

From the Pac-12 news release:

Lamond Murray, California – Murray left Berkeley as one of the most prolific scorers in Golden Bears history. In his three seasons with Cal (1992-94), he helped his team to two appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including the Sweet 16 in 1993. The Fremont, Calif., native was a two-time All-Pac-10 first-team selection, a U.S. Basketball Writers second-team All-American and Associated Press third-team All-American. In his first year with the program, Murray scored 13.8 points per game and bumped it up to 16.2 points per game during conference play. His efforts earned him Pac-10 All-Freshman recognition in 1992. As a sophomore, Murray averaged 19.1 points per game en route to a 21-9 season for the Bears. The forward had his most productive season as a junior when he averaged a then-school-record 24.3 points per game to lead the conference in scoring. Murray still holds several school records, including most 20-point games in a season (23) and a career (46), most consecutive double-figure scoring games (51) and most points in a season (729 in 1993-94). He finished his college career with 1,688 points—which broke Kevin Johnson’s precedent of 1,655 points and was a school record at the time—and an average of 19.2 points per game. Murray declared for the 1994 NBA Draft after his junior year and went to the Los Angeles Clippers as the seventh overall pick. He split 11 seasons in the NBA (1994-2006) among the Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors and New Jersey Nets.

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  • ThisisCal

    Great player.

  • Juancho

    Agreed thisiscal. Lamomd may be the first “great” player i zppreciated at Cal. Very good day. Lamond is a bear for life. You say Lamond in the bay area and people say “murray”?

  • David Swartz

    You really do see the glass as half-empty, Jeff. Have you forgotten the Cal’s 98-93 overtime win at Arizona in ’94? Murray scored 33 points, including the shot that sent the game to OT.

  • H8sRed

    He had the smoothest, sweetest shot I’ve ever seen.

  • Gobears49

    Along with Anderson, the best forward I have seen at Cal since I started watching them in the late 60′s. Might be Cal’s all-time best forward (maybe others can add their choices for this).

    BTW, for you other old Cal rooters, remember when John Wooden supposedly said he’s swap his players for Cal’s when Cal had Charlie Johnson, Phil Chenier, and Ansley Truitt in the starting lineup. Cal had a terrible coach then so never did anything with all of that great talent.

  • Eric

    Right when I was a student. The Kidd/Murray/Buckley trio was awesome, and don’t forget old Al Grigsby battling for rebounds.

  • http://www.thewisdomcow.blogspot.com/ The Wisdom Cow

    I loved that perfect form shot of his. My favorite Murry memory is his 3 from the corner @ AZ to beat the Cats at the buzzer.

  • Juancho

    Another guy I really appreciate is Sean Lampley. I don’t think he’s to the Lamond Murray level obviously. But he was another guy who I really liked to watch when he was at Cal. Joe Shipp is another guy too.

    We’ve had some good ones.

    But I think Eric had it best. Must have been great to have that trio while you were in school.

    I had Leon Powe / Ubaka / Kately / McGuire etc. That didn’t last long but boy that first year Kately threw down some monstrous break away dunks that got Haas rockin.

  • discdude

    Gobears49…Shareef? He was more PF, but he was far superior to any other forward, including Murray. Too bad he only stayed 1 year.

    Brian Hendrick is another guy I’d put up as a great Cal player. Like Lampley, he was a great player and a loyal Cal alum.

  • Gobears49

    Discdude,

    You are right. Forgot about Shareef. He was MVP of the Pac 10 as a freshman, though I think he left to play in the NBA after his freshman season. Based upon being named the MVP and what he did as a pro, I agree he should be rated ahead of Murray. I now anoint him, after your reminder, as the greatest Cal forward of all time.

    BTW, I need to check, but I think Jackie Ridgle used to be on the same team as Charlie Johnson, Phil Chenier, and Ansley Truitt, though maybe for just one season. I forget who played with Ridgle on the freshman team (Cal had freshman teams back then), probably at least Charlie Johnson, but what was amazing was that everyone would show up for the freshman games and then leave before the varsity played. Ridgle played small forward, about 6;5″, could drive around anyone, and was a great leaper. He was a super exciting player. Unfortunately, he couldn’t really shoot, which is why, I believe, he lasted only one-half season with the Cleveland Cavs. Just checked, and saw Truitt played a season in the NBA, and we know that Johnson and Chenier had good NBA careers. Maybe I’m just showing my age, but Cal had a lot of talent that one year.

  • Gobears49

    Should also add that, I believe, Shareef made a few NBA all-star teams. I doubt Murray ever did. Still another reason to rate Shareef higher than Murray on the list of great Cal forwards.

  • Big D

    I remember seeing Murray play in high school. He was a man among boys and I remember thinking that he was going to be in the NBA someday.

  • http://CapitolGoldBuyers.com BlakeStreetBear

    When I was a basketball player in high school Murray and Kidd where at Cal. I lived across the street from a park with hoops and I’d be out there every night pretending I was Lamond, shooting from deeper and deeper behind the 3-point line. Lamond is the reason I am a good shooter today. Thank you for the inspiration.

    Ahhh…the memories…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqhYQpalEAg

  • eric

    One of my “favorite” memories of Cal b-ball back then was the sale for student season tickets at the start of the 1993 season. Some mensa member thought it was a good idea not to announce the location until very early in the morning on the day of the sale, and then had the ticket sale in the tunnel by Drake Stadium. Surprised no one got crushed in the melee.

    That and waiting overnight to be the first to get courtside seats when furd came to play in 1993.

  • Juancho

    My favorite bball memory was opening night of Leon Powe’s freshman season.

    That recruiting class was billed as possibly Cal’s alltime best. We had the “Fab 4″ of Powe, Ayinde Ubaka, Marquise Kately and Dominic McGuire. I think there might have been another highly rated guy too actually. That tall lanky guy who also played volleyball.

    The anticipation to see those 4 freshman was unreal. The place was packed. And that was back when the lights would go completely out in Haas for the pre-game intros. I’ll never forget how loud it was when they first announced “Leon Pooooooooooooowe”