EASTERN COMMERCE MEMORIES: TYLER MURRAY
Written by: Tyler Murray
Tyler Murray was a part of the 2008 class. Tyler played four years at Eastern Commerce, where he was a four time Toronto District School Board South and City Champion in basketball. Making it to OFSAA 4A Championships and winning two silver medals. He was also a member of the 2006 U17 Men’s Provincial team, winning National gold. He was the teams captain who participated in PHASE 1 Rumble in the T-dot All Canada Classic game and Nike Global Games. He received a scholarship to play basketball at Wagner College in Staten Island in New York City, where he finished as the 23rd player in school history to score 1,216 points. Currently he plays for the Moncton Miracles of the NBL Canada League. Tyler reflects back on his memories and where it all started, his home Eastern Commerce.
Eastern has a basketball history like no other in Toronto. The pedigree that comes with being a part of the Eastern family was something that was rewarding to me. As a young middle school student who loved basketball I always wanted to go to a school where I could showcase my talent at the highest level and earn a scholarship to play basketball. I wanted to be able to compete against the best athletes in Canada and display my notable talents. Eastern was the school I wanted to attend and where I was certain that I could accomplish my goals. Eastern taught me the only way to true success is through hard work and persistence. Nothing in life is handed to you. In order to be successful you have to stay determined, dedicated and committed. Being at Eastern provided me with the opportunities I envisioned and it helped me grow into a wiser and stronger person.
Eastern felt like home away from home, for me. The faculty that was a part of the school was always supportive of everything going on. The student body was also an integral part of the school where the students had nothing but good intentions on a daily basis. It reminded me of the atmosphere where my mom lived, which made me feel like home. Ms. Khan our academic advisor was influential to me and everyone on our team. Not only was she there to assist us academically, Ms. Khan was a teacher we could go to for advice or any other concerns. Coach Rana and Coach Jeffers were very influential people when it came down to basketball and the success I displayed. Both of them believed in me and always pushed me beyond my limits. They knew that if they coached me that way it would only affect me positively and pay off in the long run. Not only did they provide great assistance on the court but off the court they showed me different perspectives in life which I reflect on daily. I was in a transition phase in my life where situations were very difficult. Without their care and confidence in me, I would not have achieved success and greatness thus far in my career.
Being able to play West Hill C.I. in the Air Canada Centre was like a dream come true for me. Who wouldn’t want to play our rival team on an NBA floor in front of all their family, friends, and fans of the community? As a teenager, getting this opportunity is probably one of most extravagant experiences which remains unforgettable. The best part about it was the fact that we ended up winning our game. Going into that game was nerve-wracking but we knew we had to bring everything we had and compete to our fullest potential. As a senior I was able to win 2 championships back to back. I can confidently say that the Toronto District School Board was the toughest league in this province. Some of the most talented basketball players that have achieved success have come from this league. I am glad I was able to be a part of this ambitious league.
Eastern provided me with certain values that I still apply to this day. The values of hard work, discipline, belief and consistency are staples within my life. Difficult situations have arisen in my life but by implementing the values stated I was able to overcome all the hardships. If you are consistent with these values, it will bring greatness and success to your life. That is certainly one thing I have acknowledged over time.
Submitted by Kareem Griffin of In Charge Sports & Entertainment Club
Photo Courtesy of Wagner Sports
Edited by Drew Ebanks