Damarcus Croaker is now eligible to play for Murray State this entire upcoming season.
This is a big news story because Murray State had lost its head coach and top three scorers from this past season. Damarcus Croaker is a much needed addition to the Murray State rotation and will likely start all season long. Croaker transferred out of Texas and struggled during his time in Austin. The 6’4″ 190 pound shooting guard out of Orlando will make the second game of the season much more challenging for Georgia.
Croaker was a heralded recruit that was pursued by Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Marquette and Ole Miss. When Texas landed him, many Dawg fans breathed a sigh of relief when he chose not to come to an SEC program. Croaker was highly unlikely to attend Georgia in the first place, but the 4 star guard ended up choosing the Longhorns over the Gators. It turns out that he experienced far less success than any guard that received a scholarship at UGA under Mark Fox.
Croaker’s talent level still is a concern for opponents and the opportunity for a second chance at Murray State may revive his college career. Croaker showed the ability in High School and even appeared to show signs of a breakout as a freshman at Texas, but never received consistent minutes nor success on the floor. Croaker’s first three games in Big XII action were a mirage, in losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, Croaker scored 15 points and 12 points respectively. He followed up these performances with an 8 point performance against Texas Tech.
At Murray State, Croaker will provide Jeffery Moss with some needed support in the backcourt. Murray State will likely be a more backcourt dependent team this upcoming season as the only returning frontcourt player is Terron Gilmore, who averaged 5 minutes per game.