Murphy Heading To Pac-10

Rhys Murphy has been close to making a decision for quite some time. Over the weekend he popped to a Pac-10 squad.

Last week Craig Robinson and Oregon State scored Australia native Angus Brandt. Over the weekend, they secured their second Australian with a commitment from Rhys Murphy.

"It was between Davidson, Oregon State and Wake Forest was lingering around," Murphy said. "I felt most comfortable with Oregon State and I think it's my best opportunity to go further in basketball. It was a really tough decision."

Murphy, a standout at Lee (Maine) Academy, showcased his skills on the summer circuit with Chicago Elite and played alongside Brandt. A 6-foot-7, 180-pound small forward, Murphy is known as a terrific long range shooter.

Oregon State has been in the mix with Murphy, a three-star prospect, from the beginning of his recruitment. He took a trip to Corvallis (Ore.) in November and got a good feel for the Beavers program.

"I loved it," Murphy said. "The atmosphere of the school was great and I think it's only going to improve. Coach Robinson is already turning things around and hopefully when he gets the players he's recruited we can do something special."

Despite Brandt already heading to Oregon State, Murphy said they made separate decision.

"It didn't really factor into my decision," he said of Brandt's decision. "We made our decisions separate. It was the best decision for him and for me it was the only high major offer that I had and I think that's the best decision for me to take my game to the next level."

As well as joining Brandt, a four-star prospect, Murphy joins another four-star prospect in Roberto Nelson. Joe Burton and Jared Cunningham, both California natives, round out Oregon State's five man class.

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