Story by Bryan Edwards, Staff writer
Freshman guard Dondre Griffin announced on social media that he has requested and was granted a release from Murray State.
“Thank you Murray for everything you’ve done. Moving on is hard,” Griffin stated in an instagram post. “This has been a second home to me I love Racer Nation and the Murray community.”
Head Coach Matt McMahon has confirmed that Griffin has decided to leave the team but has no further comment on the matter.
Griffin, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, played a small role for the Racers in his freshman campaign, accumulating 55 total minutes throughout the season.
He played a career-high 10 minutes and scored a career-high nine points against Bethel on Dec. 12.
Griffin spent the season on the bench behind junior guard Jonathan Stark and senior guard Bryce Jones, who both averaged more than 30 minutes per game.
Through his minimal role on the team, he averaged 1.7 points per game while shooting 37 percent from the field.
Griffin missed significant time during the heart of the season because of an injury to his left thumb. When he returned from the injury, he never saw more than five minutes of playing time.
Murray State’s recruiting class will fill the hold Griffin left, as the Racers have signed incoming freshmen Temetrius Morant and Tevin Brown as well as JUCO transfer Leroy Buchanan, who were all recruited as guards. The departure of Griffin has also opened up a scholarship spot, giving the Racers two open scholarships to use during off-season recruiting.
Brown is a consensus three-star recruit coming out of high school and Buchanan was recently honored as a top 100 JUCO transfer.
An announcement on where Griffin will transfer has yet to be announced.