Seattle University head men's basketball coach Cameron Dollar has announced that Emerson Murray and Isiah Umipig have signed financial aid agreements to transfer to Seattle University and join the Redhawk men's basketball program beginning in the 2012-13 academic year.
Murray is a 6'3", 195-poind guard transferring from California, where he appeared in 57 games over the past two seasons, all off the bench for the Golden Bears. On Jan. 14, 2012, against Utah, Murray earned 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field, including 2-of-3 from behind the three-point line, plus he pulled down five rebounds and dished out two assists. The native of Vancouver, B.C., played on the Canadian Junior National Team and averaged 22 points, six rebounds, and five assists per game in his senior season at St. George's School.
It will be a homecoming for Umipig after he spent his first two collegiate seasons at Cal State Fullerton, as the 6'1", 180-pound guard hails from Federal Way, Wash., and graduated from Federal Way High School, the same school that produced Redhawk standout Aaron Broussard. After being named the Big West Conference 6th Man of the Year in 2010-11, Umipig started all 30 games he appeared in for the Titans in 2011-12, averaging 13.5 points per game and leading the squad with 80 made three-pointers, earning honorable mention all-conference recognition.
"We are obviously thrilled to add two quality high level guards. Emerson is probably the most explosive and athletic guard we have had in our program. Isiah is a proven winner and scorer who I have known for years. It's always a great day when our local players return home," Dollar said.
Both Murray and Umipig will sit out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but they will practice with the team next year and will have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2013-14.
The Seattle University men's basketball team won nine of its last 12 games, including eight straight home games at KeyArena, in the 2011-12 season to finish with a 12-15 overall record. The Redhawks will join the Western Athletic Conference beginning in the 2012-13 campaign and will be eligible for the league's championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.