Shaw to retire Flip Murray's number

Charlotte Bobcats guard Flip Murray, left, is fouled by Houston Rockets guard Kyle Lowry in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, in Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte won 102-94. (AP)

February 8, 2010 9:08:54 AM PST
Shaw University will retire Ronald "Flip" Murray's number and honor him as one of the school's greatest basketball players.

Murray started with the Bears in the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons. Now, he plays for the Charlotte Bobcats.

Murray was named Division II Player of the Year, first team All-America and CIAA Player of the Year during the 2001-02 season, when he lead the Bears to the Division II Final Four.

"Any time you have a special player like Flip, he becomes part of the legacy and part of what your current players aspire to," Shaw Head Coach Cleo Hill, Jr. said. Hill served as an assistant coach during Murray's time at Shaw.

Murray averaged 23 points per game (the career record for Shaw), 5.7 assists per game, and 1.9 steals per game. He holds almost all of Shaw's single season records, including points, steals, assists, points per game, and free throws made.

This season, Murray is averaging ten points in 21 minutes per game. Over his seven year NBA career, he has averaged 9.9 points and 2.3 assists a game while playing for Seattle, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana, Atlanta, and Milwaukee ? who selected him with the 42nd overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft.

The ceremony is scheduled for February 15 at the C. C. Spaulding Gymnasium on the Shaw campus immediately following the completion of the women's game against Livingstone, which begins at 5:30 p.m. The men's game will be held immediately following the ceremony.

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