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Basketball: Lamond Murray into Hall of Honor

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.

Jeff Faraudo