Drake Men’s Basketball All-American Red Murrell Passes Away

first_imgPrint Friendly Version Phillip (Red) Murrell, 84, who earned third-team All-American honors for the Drake basketball team in 1957-58, died recently in Tulsa, Okla., after a long term illness.A 6-foot 4-inch forward, Murrell was named to the Des Moines Register Iowa Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and became the first player at Drake ever to have his jersey (33) retired.  In his three seasons at Drake, Murrell scored 1,657 points (22.7 points per game), leaving as the school’s all-time leading scorer – a record that stood until 2010. The two-time first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference selection set eight other Drake records including a school single-game record 51 points  against Houston – in his final game in a Drake uniform scoring the winning basketball in an overtime 88-87 home victory March 3, 1958.He was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals after his junior season, but opted to return to Drake for the 1957–58 season. That year Murrell set the Drake single-season scoring record (668 points), while ranking fifth in the NCAA in scoring with a 26.7 average.He enjoyed 18 30-plus scoring games in his career and became the first Drake player to collect 20 points and 20 rebounds in the same game tallying 24 points and 20 rebounds against Los Angeles State Dec. 19, 1956Following his college career, Murrell was drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers in the fourth round of the 1958 NBA draft (25th overall). Instead, he signed with the Phillips 66ers of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and began working for Phillips Petroleum where in 1960 he was named an AAU All-American.A 6-4 forward, Murrell attended Moberly (Mo.) Junior College where he earned second-team All-American honors after leading Moberly to the National Junior College Association title in 1955 before transferring to Drake. and the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame in  2011.last_img read more