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  Willie Murdaugh

Willie Murdaugh

Player Profile

Hall of Fame:


Willie Murdaugh is the 10th person affiliated with the men's basketball program to be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame at USC Upstate.

Murdaugh had a stellar two-year career at USC Upstate/Spartanburg from 1989-91, teaming with Athletics Hall of Fame member Willis Woodruff to lead the team. He led the team to a 29-3 record, the District Six championship and an appearance in the NAIA National Tournament in 1989-90, the University's final year of NAIA membership. He averaged 15.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game en route to being named All-District.

Murdaugh helped lead the program into NCAA Division II membership in 1990-91 and the squad did not skip a beat. Murdaugh averaged 17.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game en route to leading the team to the regular season Peach Belt Conference championship and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament. He was named All-Conference, the league's Player of the Year, and was an All-America selection. For his career, Murdaugh averaged 16.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game with 125 assists and 207 steals. He was named Player of the Week by Sports Illustrated in late January of 1991.

Murdaugh ranks 17th all-time in scoring with 1,005 points. He is the program's all-time leader in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 52.8 percent of his attempts from behind the arc. He also ranks among the program's all-time greats in nine other statistical categories, including fifth with 149 three-pointers made. He owns the single-season record for three-point field goal percentage, hitting 54.2 percent of his attempts in 1989-90 and is second with 121 steals in 1990-91. His 10 steals against Gardner-Webb on Feb. 4, 1991 is the single-game school record.

After leaving Upstate, Murdaugh embarked on a professional basketball career in Canada and the United States. He began his career in the Global Basketball Association before moving to the Cape Breton Breakers of the National Basketball League in Nova Scotia, Canada. From there he played for the Dakota Wizards in the International Basketball Association. He earned honorable mention IBA All-Star honors in 1996-97 and was a First Team All-Star selection and league Defensive Player of the Year in 2000-01, leading the Wizards to the IBA championship. He is the organization's all-time three-point record holder with 193 trifectas, ranks third all-time in points and rebounds, and ranks among the all-time greats in six other statistical categories. Dakota is now an NBA Developmental League team.

In addition to playing for the Wizards, Murdaugh also played professionally for the Idaho Stampede and the Saskatchewan Hawks of the Continental Basketball Association.

Murdaugh and his wife, Leanne, have four children; daughters Kelsie and Alliah and sons Terrell and Zavi. He currently lives in and works for the city of Saskatchewan.