Duke's Roll Continues, Murphy Jumps On Board

Alex Murphy had his list of schools down to seven. But over the past few weeks he's thought more and more about the recruiting process. On Monday he opted to end it by committing to a ACC program.

Mike Kryzewski and Duke have been on quite a roll over the past two years.

Last year the Blue Devils won their fourth national championship. Mid-way through this season they ranked among the top 5 in the polls and have just two losses on the season.

Off the court their recruiting has been nothing short of tremendous. Their 2011 recruiting class is ranked in the top three and they have signed the nation's top guard prospect in Austin Rivers.

On Monday their momentum continued.

Alex Murphy, a top 15 prospect out of Southborough (Mass.) St. Mark's, gave Kryzewski and his staff a verbal commitment, formally ending his recruiting process.

"I decided with my family yesterday and I called a bunch of coaches and I called coach K," Murphy told Scout.com. "I'm going to Duke."

"The whole process was fun, but like everybody says when you get it off your chest and all the weight off you shoulders it's just nice to know everything is set in stone," Murphy said. "Like I said it just feels good."

Murphy, the younger brother of Florida sophomore Erik, also entertained scholarship offers from the Florida, UNC, Boston College, Arizona, Kansas and West Virginia.

"At the end of the day I didn't think there was a better place for me basketball wise," he said. "The school speaks for itself as far as academics and when the ball does stop bouncing one day,"

Murphy took a visit to Duke in early January and that trip helped him clear his head and get a great feel for the Blue Devils and what they are about.

"I had a gut feeling in my stomach," Murphy said. "Before the visit I had that feeling but as soon as I went down the at the beginning of the January. Me and my father went down and we stayed for the weekend and watched them play Maryland."

"As soon as I got back from there I knew that is where I wanted to be," he added. "I didn't make the call right away, but I knew it was something I needed to discuss with my family and the important people in my life. I just knew that was where I wanted to be."

He also cited his relationship with Krzyzewski as one of the main reasons he picked Duke.

"We've developed a relationship since this spring and this past summer since my first unofficial down there and we stayed in close contact the whole time," Murphy said. "He had been just so great to me throughout the whole thing."

Rumors have circulated the past few weeks that Murphy could possibly head to Duke early and enroll for the 2011 class. At this time he's yet to make that decision. ,

"I have not thought about that yet," Murphy responded. "It's something that I will discuss with my family in the future. As of right now I'm going to focus on my high school season and finish it out strong and hopefully win a championship."

"The 2011 and 2012 thing will be something discussed with my family sometime in the spring and after the season," he added.

Ranked No. 2 at the small forward position and as a five-star prospect, Murphy, a 6-foot-8, 210-pounder, is a versatile prospect with an impressive ball skills and athletic ability.

Murphy, the No. 11 overall recruit in the 2012 class, is Duke's first verbal commitment for the 2012 class.

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