Growing up I was raised by my mother, Ann Murray, who ensured that my brother and I were raised in a household that highly emphasized academics and athletics. My mother is a middle school principal and a former basketball player at West Virginia University. I’ve always excelled in the classroom, making honour roll each year throughout high school, and receiving awards for having the highest overall grade in some of my classes. I started playing basketball in the sixth grade; therefore I had to learn how to balance academics and athletics at a young age. When I got to high school and started taking basketball more seriously, I knew that my ultimate goal would be to receive a full athletic scholarship to play in the States. At the end of the twelfth grade I signed my letter of intent with The University of Memphis.
In university I dedicated 40+ hours/week on athletics and academics, not including studying on my own time. I’ve been a part of the Tiger 3.0 Club every semester, and have made the Dean’s List (3.5 GPA or higher) 7/8 semesters. I’ve also been apart of the Tiger Academic 30 Club, which is awarded to the top 30 student-athletes with the highest GPAs. I became a member of The University of Memphis’ Black Scholars, which is rewarded to black students that consistently excel in the classroom. In May 2018, I graduated the University of Memphis with a degree in clinical psychology and a minor in French. Upon graduation I also became a member of Magna Cum Laude, which is rewarded to graduates with an overall GPA of 3.8-3.9.
While I had great academic success in the classroom, I also experienced a lot of success on the court as well: