Murphy makes Big 12 pick

Kamari Murphy's decision is in. He will play for Travis Ford at Oklahoma State.

Kamari Murphy ramped up his play in July and the college coaches certainly took notice.

After reeling in high major scholarship offers, Murphy, a 6-foot-8 post prospect that played at Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln last year, settled on a school on Tuesday. He committed to Travis Ford and Oklahoma State.

"When I went on my visit out there, Stillwater is a little town, but it's a basketball town so they show a lot of love," Murphy said. "I liked the coaching staff. I feel like the coaching staff are not just coaches, but it feels like a family thing. "

Murphy had a variety of college interest. Among the other schools involved were Miami, Florida, Auburn, Temple and Missouri. He said he ultimately had his list down to Oklahoma State, Miami and Florida.

"I just didn't have the same relationship I had with coach Ford with the other coaches," Murphy said.

Last season, as a senior at Lincoln, Murphy averaged 17 points and pulled in double digit rebounds. Murphy, who is just 17 years old, is currently doing a post-graduate season at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy.

Murphy, a three-star recruit, was happy with what Oklahoma State had to offer not only on the court, but off of it too.

"As far as academics, the basketball team is good with academics and I know I won't have a problem going there and having success in the class room and off the court," he said. "It's Oklahoma State and it's in the Big 12 and I think I can go in and get some big minutes."

Murphy is Oklahoma State's second verbal commitment in the 2012 recruiting class. He joins Kentucky native Adam Wing to make up their current group.


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