In fewer words, he was the player who was benched for a half of one game and left home for another, but also the player who really can fit into the Big 12 style where centers are more like power forwards and power forwards are more like small forwards.
There has been talk from both Huggins and Murray that Murray would play professionally next season. There's been suspicion Huggins wouldn't want Murray next season. Murray said Wednesday he'd like to come back for the 2014 season.
"The only reason I won't be back is if Coach won't let me come back," he said. "That's it."
Murray turns 24 in July, but he needs to grow up. He knows that, too. He admits that.
"I definitely learned games aren't won during game day," he said. "They're won during the offseason. I wasn't working as hard as I should have been."
He has an edge that, when harnessed, makes him very difficult for opponents to deal with during a game. The same edge is hard for him to control and harder for his teammates to deal with whether in games or practices or elsewhere.
I'm struggling to think of a better place for him to learn to better manage and apply it than under the watch of Huggins who, let's be honest, has had better players with worse attitudes.
And let's stick with the truthfulness: When Murray has his head in the game, he's better than a replacement who would arrive next season from high school or junior college and have to learn many things that Murray already knows and seems willing to take on this offseason.
He needs, and wants, the offseason to sharpen shooting and polish post moves, to become a better rebounder and shot blocker and passer, to basically work with a conviction he's never had before.
"I just think my approach now has to be to work harder," he said. "I think that will rub off on all the freshmen coming in instead of me not working hard and having that rub off on the freshmen."
Murray says all the right things, but it's time to do them, perhaps only if Huggins lets him.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.