Johnny Murdock

Basketball, 1991-95
Inducted February 7, 2009

Johnny Murdock was a four-year starter and letterman for the basketball Bears from 1991 to 1995, playing as a freshman for Coach Charlie Spoonhour and competing for Coach Mark Bernsen for three seasons. The Bears won what is still their only Missouri Valley Conference tourney title in 1991-92 and advanced to the NCAA tournament and a first-round loss to Michigan State to finish with a 23-8 record. The 1992-93 Bears were also 20-game winners and beat St. Joseph's and Jackson State in the NIT before losing in the NIT quarterfinals at UAB. Murdock, from Wichita, Kan., led Missouri State in scoring each of his last three seasons and paced the Bears in steals and assists two years each. He gained all-Valley first team honors his last two years and is the only basketball player to gain Missouri State Coors Player of the Year honors three times in the 27-year history of the award. Murdock set a Missouri State career record with his 266 three-point field goals and his final career total of 1,834 points landed him in third place on the all-time Bears' list, a single point behind Curtis Perry. Murdock lives in his hometown and works for the Wichita school district and also coaches youth basketball teams.