Cavaliers ink Taine Murray to National Letter of Intent

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Taine Murray

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Dean and Markel Families Head Basketball Coach Tony Bennett announced Wednesday the signing of guard Taine Murray (Auckland, New Zealand/Rosmini College) to a National Letter of Intent with the Cavaliers.

The 6-5, 200-pound Murray is a standout high school player for Rosmini College, helping the team to an 82-14 record from 2017-19. In 2018-19, he led Rosmini to a national runner-up finish. Murray, who earned team MVP honors, tallied a career-high 49 points in a win over Auckland Grammar School. Rosmini’s 2019-20 high school season was canceled due to COVID-19.

Murray competed for the Auckland Huskies of the New Zealand National Basketball League in 2019-20, averaging 18 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Murray, who shot 43.5 percent from 3-point range, tallied 35 points, including 7 of 11 from 3-point range, five rebounds and four steals in a win over Manawatu.

Murray played two games for the New Zealand Tall Blacks in 2019-20 and was selected for the 2020 FIBA Asia Cup team.

“We are excited to add Taine into the Virginia men’s basketball family,” Bennett said. “Taine is a skilled and versatile guard, and he and his parents value a degree from the University of Virginia. We look forward to him joining our program next fall.”


  1. Frank says:

    I just can’t believe that Coach Bennett is comfortable with “Dean and Markel Families Head Basketball Coach” being attached to his name. And if the donors are truly his friends, as I’ve heard, I can’t believe they’re comfortable with it either. Why in heaven’s name are the Powers-That-Be using such an awkward and embarrassing tribute? Does anyone know? Hooty?

  2. Excellent question Frank, I’m wondering too.

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