Where are they now? Kenyon Murray
|Kenyon Murray played guard/forward for the Iowa Hawkeyes from 1992-96. Murray played high school ball for Central High School in his hometown of Battle Creek, Michigan. Murray was named Mr. Basketball for the state of Michigan as a high school senior. In his freshman year as a Hawkeye, Kenyon started in 10 games, averaged 6.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. He also led the team with 45 steals, the most ever by a Hawkeye freshman. As a sophomore, Murray started in all 27 games and scored in double figures 22 times. He averaged 12.3 points per game that season. As a junior, Kenyon scored 11.5 points per game for a team that had all five starters average double-figures. The starting five for the 1994-95 Hawkeyes consisted of Andre Woolrdige, Chris Kingsbury, Jim Bartles, Murray, and Jess Settles. That squad finished the season 21-12 after a trip to the NIT. Murray averaged 9.5 points and 4.4 rebounds as a senior during the 1995-96 season. The Hawkeyes finished fourth in the Big Ten that season and earned a 6-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Iowa won their first-round game against George Washington, before losing in the second-round to 3-seed Arizona, 73-87.|
Kenyon Murray ranks 16th on Iowa’s All-Time scoring list with 1,230 career points. Murray also ranks 3rd all-time in steals with 200 for his career, behind only Ryan Bowen and Dean Oliver. Murray still holds the Iowa record, tied with Acie Earl, for most steals in a single game with 9 against Ohio State in 1995.
When his college career came to end, Kenyon Murray played professionally in both the CBA and IBL as well as overseas. Currently, Murray lives in Cedar Rapids and is Territory Manager for Tulsa Dental Specialties. Murray also coaches freshman boys’ basketball at Cedar Rapids Prairie High School.
Hawkeye Sports News recently contacted former Hawkeye Kenyon Murray and asked him a few questions about his experiences at Iowa and his outlook on the future of Iowa Basketball. Here is a full copy of the transcript from our exclusive interview with Hawkeye great Kenyon Murray:
Hawkeye Sports News: What are some favorite memories you have from your playing days at Iowa?
Kenyon Murray: My greatest memory is the overtime comeback win at Michigan State after the sudden death of Chris Street and then returning home that weekend to defeat top 5 ranked Michigan on national television. Chris was my best friend and one of the reasons I decided to come to Iowa. He was the heartbeat of our team and it was obvious that he was with us. We won those games with Chris!
HSN: Did you play basketball professionally after college and for how long?
KM: I did play after college. I was drafted by the Quad City Thunder of the CBA in 1996 and after being released I went to Minot, ND to play for the International Basketball League (Magic City Snowbears). I then played in Hong Kong, China during the summer of 1997. I received a deal to play in Gothenburg, Sweden for the 1997-1998 season where I was runner up league MVP. I averaged 25 points, 8 assists and 8 rebounds for the season. I injured my ankle late in the season and it required surgery once I got back to the United States.
HSN: Where are you currently residing and what is your current occupation?
KM: I currently live in Cedar Rapids with my wife Michelle, 8 year old twin boys Kristopher and Keegan, and 3 year old dauguther McKenna. I work for Tulsa Dental Specialties as a territory manager, and I am the Freshman boys' basketball coach at Cedar Rapids Prairie High School.
HSN: How did your experiences at Iowa help prepare you for life after basketball?
KM: What my time at Iowa gave me was the ability to network with so many people and with the relationships that I have been able to create over the last 17 years have allowed me the opportunities to develop my professional career. I learned to value each relationship and understand that if you treat people the right way, it will always come back positively on you.
HSN: How closely do you still follow the Hawkeyes and what are your feelings of the team's future under Coach Lickliter?
KM: I follow the program very closely as I am a member on four committees that report either to the President or Athletic Director at the University of Iowa. I feel that the program is in good hands with Coach Lickliter. I believe that he is a very good teacher and we are just a few players away from making a big jump in the Big Ten. Regardless of what kind of system you run, you need players in this league in order to be successful. Our coaching staff is young and it takes time to develop the trust of today's coaches and players in order for them to believe your program is right for them. I trust that with the people we have in place, Iowa basketball will again see the success that we are accustomed to.
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