By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Ole Miss forward Murphy Holloway will not return for his junior season but will transfer closer to his Irmo, S.C., home, he announced today.
In a hastily called gathering with media, Holloway said he is leaving to be closer to a six-month old daughter.
“This is a very difficult decision for me,” Holloway said. “I’m sad to be leaving my Ole Miss family here, but I have to be a mature adult and take responsibility for my daughter and my family in South Carolina.”
Holloway grew up minutes from the University of South Carolina, an SEC rival in Columbia. It’s unclear if he’ll be allowed to transfer there.
“We’ve not gotten into any of that. We’ll do what’s in Murphy’s best interests,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said.
One former Ole Miss player, center Malcolm White, sat out this season and will be eligible at LSU in the fall.
Holloway was the SEC’s fifth-leading rebounder last season with 7.6 per game.
In two seasons at Ole Miss he appeared in 65 games with 47 starts, totaling 606 points, 464 rebounds, 86 steals and 33 blocked shots.
Read more in Saturday’s NEMS Daily Journal.