Tag:Alex Murphy
Posted on: April 19, 2011 2:28 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 2:26 pm

Murphy to enroll at Duke in 2011

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Duke might be losing its top three players for next season, but the Blue Devils aren’t expected to fall very far.

That sentiment was cemented Tuesday, when 2012 Duke commit Alex Murphy told Jeff Goodman of FOXSports.com he would be enrolling in Durham this fall.

Murphy, a 6-foot-8 small forward from St. Mark's (Mass.), confirmed the news to CBSSports.com in a text message.

He joins Austin Rivers, Quinn Cook, Michael Gbinije and Marshall Plumlee in the Blue Devils’ class of 2011. 

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 7, 2011 4:32 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 2:47 pm

Duke keeps rolling with Murphy get for 2012

Posted by Jeff Borzello

After racking up one of nation's top recruiting classes for next season, Duke is already off to a great start in 2012.

Alex Murphy, Scout.com's No. 2 small forward, committed to the Blue Devils earlier today. The news comes as no surprise to anyone who has followed his recruiting, although he also considered North Carolina, Kansas, Florida, West Virginia, Boston College and Arizona.

Murphy, a 6-foot-7 prospect from St. Mark's (Mass.), is an extremely versatile player who will fit in perfectly with Duke's system. He can handle the ball very well, keeping his head up in transition and finding people on the run or in the half-court. At times, he seems like a pretty solid point-forward. Murphy has greatly improved his athleticism over the past few years, showing off an ability to finish over bigger defenders around the basket.

He can knock down outside shots and mid-range jumpers, and will excel in Duke's attack and kick-out style. Defensively, Murphy uses his size and athleticism to rebound well for his position, while also defending most of his counterparts.

The biggest question with Murphy remains his ability to be a go-to-guy and take over a game offensively. He doesn't have a great off-the-dribble skill set and rarely attacks the rim after beating a defender. He's not overly explosive and generates most of his offense in the flow of the game.

By the time Murphy gets to Duke, there is little doubt that Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers will no longer be in Durham. Future point guard Quinn Cook is a playmaker and facilitates the offense, and Michael Gbinije can score in the mid-range as well as anyone, but the Blue Devils are still lacking an explosive player who can string off 30-point games.

Ever since Irving went down earlier this season, we have seen what happens to Duke's offense without multiple players that can create their own shot. The Blue Devils have relied far too much on 3-pointers and offensive boards -- they need go-to-guys.

So, while Murphy's commitment to Duke seemed predestined, it will not solve all the Blue Devils' problems.

With that said, Mike Krzyzewski pinpointing another player who is perfect for his system and getting an early commitment is a great start to Duke's 2012 recruiting class.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 7, 2011 3:22 pm
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