Those who know Seattle area basketball know that Rainier Beach is a longtime power. This year, Rainier Beach is having one of the best season in the program's storied history and the development of four-star junior De'Jounte Murray has a lot to do with it.
Currently ranked No. 92 in the class of 2015, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard's play has been a pleasant surprise this winter.
A long and lanky off guard, Murray is crafty off the dribble, a very good defender and an explosive finisher in traffic. Despite his lean frame, Murray is also a tenacious competitor and prides himself in doing all of the little things like hitting the glass, where he is an above average rebounder from the wing.
"It's natural to me," said Murray of his rebounding ability. "I've always been a player that did a little bit of everything on the court."
Moving ahead, the first priority for Murray is to add strength. His jump shot will get more consistent with repetition and he's the type that wants to continue to work on all aspects of his game.
"I'm not the type of guy to settle or anything," said Murray. "To get to the next level, I feel like I need to keep working on everything."
According to Murray, he is in no hurry to make any kind of college decision. He's hoping to help Rainier Beach finish an undefeated season and win another state championship.
However, he has started to notice interest from schools and he's starting to build some bonds while taking his game to a new level.
"I've got interest from a lot of schools," said Murray. "I've taken unofficial visits to Gonzaga and Washington so far.
"I've got offers from Washington, Gonzaga, Washington State, California and Oregon. Arizona is highly interested in me too. Coach Damon Stoudamire has been in to see me three times and I feel like we are establishing a bond."
Eric Bossi is a national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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