“He was a true tiger through and through;” Remembering Ocasio Murff
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -
The Malone Tigers have lost one of their own after a Sunday morning car crash. Star athlete, Ocasio Murff and soon to be senior at Malone School was ejected from a vehicle after it had overturned.
“He was a true tiger, through and through. Nothing else he wanted to do, there were other places wanting him to go play ball and he wouldn’t leave. His roots are here,” principal at Malone School, Doug Powell said.
Special - is the only word suitable to describe Ocasio Murff.
“Great basketball player, everybody in the county could tell you who our best player is. Not only was he that player but for coach Welch, his basketball coach, he would look at him in certain games when he got tight and he would calm coach down sometimes, he just had that charisma, he was special,” Powell said.
The 6-1 point guard, averaged 17 points per game his junior season.
“There was a football coach from a D1 school, SEC school, he was actually scouting a kid from another team we were playing and he was watching “Cas” play and he said that kid can play corner-back at the D1 level. He saw him 10 minutes into watching him play, that’s the type of athlete he was, he was special,” Max Harkrider, middle school PE teacher/bus driver said.
But his talents went far beyond than what you saw on the court.
“One thing that makes this school special is we see them as kindergartner’s coming up, you watch them grow up. My son is a student here, him and his friends were talking and they were saying the hallways are going to be different now. He liked to cut up and have a good time. As far as his energy and what he brought to the school,” Harkrider said.
A leader - whether he was in the classroom or holding a ball.
“He was one of those kids that people attracted to and he didn’t even want it. You just hate it when it’s great great people that influence others, we can all learn something from Murff, we all can,” Powell said.
So as the tiger family grieves the loss of “Cas.”
“Full of energy that’s the best I can put it. Always smiling, full of life, just a good kid,” Harkrider said.
They remember number 11, wishing he could play the game he loved one last time.
“I don’t even know what to expect, I don’t know what the emotions will be. It’s just going to be different, I’m not looking forward to it. I wish he was still there wearing that jersey, representing for us, I really do,” Powell said.
Ocasio Murff would have been a senior this upcoming school year with hopes to play college ball.
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