Alex Murphy (basketball)
Murphy in 2011
|No. 12 – Duke Blue Devils|
|League||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|Born||June 3, 1993|
|Nationality||American / Finnish|
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||St. Mark's
Alex James Murphy (June 3, 1993) is an American college basketball player who currently plays at Duke University. 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 Chicago Bulls forward Erik Murphy. His mother Päivi is from Finland and played for the Finnish national team between 1988 and 1994.
High school career
Murphy was ranked as the #41 player in the ESPNU 100, the #45 player by Rivals.com, and the #41 player by Scout.com. He played his high school career at St. Mark's School in Massachusetts alongside 2012 elite recruit Kaleb Tarczewski. 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.
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 who is committed to play basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks next season.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Southborough, Massachusetts||St. Mark's School||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)||215 lb (98 kg)||Feb 7, 2011|
|Scout: Rivals: 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.
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. Having met all of the academic requirements, Murphy will be able to enroll at Duke in the fall of 2011, and is 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."
In Early 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.
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- Duke’s Alex Murphy Ready for Redshirt. ZagsBlog.com (2011-12-10). Retrieved on 2012-06-29.
- "Alex Murphy". ESPN. Retrieved June 22, 2013.