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
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 (2014–present)

Alex James Murphy (born June 3, 1993) is an American college basketball player who previously played for the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team of Duke University, and currently plays for the Florida Gators men's basketball team of the University of Florida. Murphy was one of the top-rated college basketball recruits in the class of 2011. He is the son of former National Basketball Association (NBA) player Jay Murphy, and the brother of NBA 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 No. 41 player in the ESPNU 100,[1] the No. 45 player by Rivals.com, and the No. 41 player by Scout.com. He attended the St. Mark's School in Massachusetts, where he played basketball alongside 2012 elite recruits Kaleb Tarczewski and Nik Stauskus. Murphy led St. Mark's School to a 27–3 record as a junior, but the team fell short of a state championship. In April 2011, he decided to join the class of 2011 and attend Duke university in the fall of that year. Murphy left St. Mark's School and attended South Kingstown High School for the remaining months.[2]

AAU[edit]

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
SF
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. Recruiting columnists speculated that he would commit to the University of Florida because his older brother, Erik Murphy, was a four-year player for coach Billy Donovan at Florida. Murphy chose Duke over Florida, Boston College, North Carolina, Kentucky, Villanova, and West Virginia.[4]

Reclassification[edit]

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]

Duke[edit]

Redshirt[edit]

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]

2012–2013[edit]

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]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Duke 31 0 6.3 .491 .208 .417 1.0 0.0 0.2 0.1 2.1

Source:[8]

International[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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. Sports.espn.go.com (2011-04-19). Retrieved on 2012-06-29.
  6. ^ Duke’s Alex Murphy Ready for Redshirt. ZagsBlog.com (2011-12-10). Retrieved on 2012-06-29.
  7. ^ "Alex Murphy to transfer to Florida". ESPN.com. December 18, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Alex Murphy Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ Murphy Makes a Name for Himself at FIBA U20

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