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Graham lands chance to play at Austin College

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Murphy Graham torched the nets last season for the Decatur Lady Eagles on their way to a District 9-3A title and a trip to the third round of the playoffs.

The 2014 Decatur graduate will now put her shooting touch from the outside on display at Austin College in Sherman. Graham recently inked a letter of intent to play basketball with the NCAA Division III school.

Now a Kangaroo

NOW A KANGAROO – Decatur’s Murphy Graham committed recently to play at Austin College. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“I liked the program, the players and the coaches,” Graham said. “It’s a good school academically and athletically.”

A year after a knee injury ended her junior season, Graham came back to average 12.7 points per game and grabbed 5.9 boards. She shot better than 30 percent from beyond the 3-point arc, earning her first-team 9-3A, All-Wise County, TGCA all-state and TABC all-region honors.

Her 3-point shooting helped land her the chance at the next level.

“The coach said it was my ability to shoot and score,” Graham said.

Graham is hoping to get a chance to play right away at Austin College. The Kangaroos went 14-11 last season and graduated three seniors.

She knows she will need to adapt to a faster pace.

“It’ll be a lot faster, but I like a faster game,” Graham said.

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