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6'4 point guard commits to Wagner College
By: Barry Hayes, with files from the Toronto Mission
Tyler Murray
Tyler Murray

Equipped with excellent size and a deadly shooting touch, Tyler Murray has verbally committed to NCAA Division 1 Wagner College. The 6’4” point guard is currently gearing up for his senior year at Toronto’s perennial national power Eastern Commerce High School and will join the Seahawks in 2008-09.

I am very excited about the prospect of being a big piece of an emerging program and enrolling in a great Business Administration Internship Program at Wagner,” said Murray.

It was the perfect fit academically and I will have an opportunity to play right away.”

Wagner College is a strong academic institution located in Staten Island, New York. With an enrolment of roughly 2,000 undergraduate students, the Seahawks compete in the Northeast Conference under renowned head coach Mike Deane, one of just 28 coaches (13 of which are active) in NCAA history to lead three different Division 1 teams to the NCAA Tournament.

Tyler has developed enormously as a basketball player and person since entering Eastern Commerce in grade 9,” said Roy Rana, who has coached Tyler at both the high school and AAU levels.

He will have an opportunity to study Business at a great academic school, play right away, and become an impact player in the Northeast Conference.”

Murray joins a long list of Eastern Commerce Alumni in the NCAA at the Division 1 and 2 levels. Eastern currently has seven active players in the NCAA including two other point guards who are returning starters at two of Wagner’s conference foes, Tristan Blackwood (Central Connecticut State) and Tyrone Mattison (Long Island University).

"Tyler is a testament to what hard work in the classroom, where he is an honor roll student, and a commitment to training can do for any athlete who dreams the dream,” says coach Kevin Jeffers.

Tyler has made a smart choice for himself and his future on and off the court.”

Murray is one of three returning starters on last year’s provincial ‘AAAA’ finalist team at Eastern Commerce, along with fellow Division 1 prospects Keaton Cole and Alwayne Bigby. He also enjoyed a successful summer, which included earning a Gold medal for the Ontario Mission/Eastern Commerce Club team at the Junior International Tournament in Italy and competing for Team Canada at the Nike Global Challenge in Portland.

“I really want to thank my Coaches Kevin Jeffers, Trevor Bullen and Roy Rana for the all the time they have put in helping me develop as a basketball player, student and person," added Murray. 

I also want to thank Kerreigh Ernst and The Toronto Mission Basketball Program from helping me get the exposure I needed. And finally, I wanted to thank my mom for all her love and support; I would never be here without her.”