Alex Murphy (basketball)

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Alex Murphy
Alex Murphy Duke vs Michigan State.jpg
Murphy in 2011
No. 31 – Florida Gators
Position Small forward
League Southeastern Conference
Personal information
Born (1993-06-03) June 3, 1993 (age 21)
Wakefield, Rhode Island, U.S.
Nationality American / Finnish
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school St. Mark's
(Southborough, Massachusetts)
College Duke (2012–2013)
Florida (Redshirt)

Alex James Murphy (born June 3, 1993) is an American college basketball player who played at Duke University and currently plays at the University of Florida. He was one of the top rated basketball recruits in the class of 2011. He is the son of former NBA player Jay Murphy and the brother of Utah Jazz forward Erik Murphy. His mother Päivi is from Finland and played for the Finnish national team between 1988 and 1994.

High school career[edit]

Murphy was ranked as the #41 player in the ESPNU 100,[1] the #45 player by, and the #41 player by He played his high school career at St. Mark's School in Massachusetts alongside 2012 elite recruits Kaleb Tarczewski and Nik Stauskus. Murphy led St. Mark's School to a 27–3 record as a Junior, but they fell short of a state championship. In April 2011, he decided to join the class of 2011 and attend Duke in the fall of that year. Murphy left St. Mark's School and attended South Kingstown High School for the remaining months.[2]


Murphy played for the elite New England Playaz alongside his high school teammate elite 2012 recruit Kaleb Tarczewski as well as 2011 elite point guard recruit Naadir Tharpe.[3]

College recruitment[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Alex Murphy
Southborough, Massachusetts St. Mark's School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Feb 7, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96

Murphy committed to play basketball at Duke on February 7, 2011. Many[who?] speculated that he would commit to the University of Florida because his older brother Erik Murphy currently plays for Billy Donovan at Florida. Murphy chose Duke over North Carolina, Kentucky, Villanova, West Virginia, and Florida.[4]

Alex Murphy on why he committed to Duke: "I've had a feeling in my gut for a long time now and when I went down to Duke for my unofficial [visit] last month it just kind of solidified things," said Murphy who shortened his list earlier this fall. "When I talked to Coach K at the end of that trip I knew that was where I wanted to be. The reason I didn't do it right then and there was that I wanted to come home and talk to my family and the people close to me."


On April 19, 2011 Murphy announced that he would be graduating a year early from St. Mark's School and would enroll at Duke University a year earlier than expected.[5] Having met all of the academic requirements, Murphy was able to enroll at Duke in the fall of 2011, and was the fifth member of Duke's 2011 recruiting class.

Murphy on why he reclassified: "It was a very difficult decision but in the end I just thought this was the best thing for my future," Murphy said. "It's a great opportunity."[5]



In December 2011, Murphy decided to redshirt his freshman season with fellow recruit Marshall Plumlee. Murphy said, "It’s still to be determined but a redshirt year is most likely what I'm going to do. That's the plan right now.” after No. 5 Duke beat Washington, 86–80, Saturday at Madison Square Garden.[6]


In 2012–13, Murphy played 31 games, averaging 2.1ppg and 1.0rpg.

In 2013–14, Murphy played 5 games for Duke before declaring his desire to transfer to Florida on December 18, 2013.[7]

College stats[edit]

2012–13 Duke 31 0 6.3 .491 .208 .417 1.0 0.0 0.2 0.1 2.1



Murphy played for the Finnish U20 national team at the FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship Division B in 2012.[9]


  1. ^ "Alex Murphy 2012 Basketball Recruiting Profile". Archived from the original on 26 February 2011. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ "St. Mark's High School Basketball". Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ "New England Playaz 2010 Boys Team". Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ Finkelstein, Adam (February 7, 2011). "Junior Alex Murphy picks Duke". Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Alex Murphy becomes part of Duke's 2011 class. – ESPN. (2011-04-19). Retrieved on 2012-06-29.
  6. ^ Duke’s Alex Murphy Ready for Redshirt. (2011-12-10). Retrieved on 2012-06-29.
  7. ^ "Alex Murphy to transfer to Florida". December 18, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Alex Murphy Stats". Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ Murphy Makes a Name for Himself at FIBA U20

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