St. Mark's Sophomores Have Early Offers

First it was Erik Murhpy. Then Nate Lubick. Now there's a pair of 2012 prospects -- Alex Murphy & Kaleb Tarczewski -- at St. Mark's that are making a splash.

Dave Lubick is keeping Southborough (Mass.) St. Mark's stacked with talent.

Although Erik Murphy is off at Florida for his freshman season and his son – Nate Lubick – will head to Georgetown after this season, he's got a pair of impressive sophomores to help pick up the slack.

Erik's younger brother – Alex Murphy – is a prospect that has already made quite a splash among the college coaches. Although he's a much different player than his older brother, the 2012 prospect has the look of a high major prospect.

"He's really, really advanced in terms of a big kid his age," Lubick told Scout.com. "He's very good with the ball. He's a kid that can do a lot and make a lot of plays in transition. He's not as polished or as strong around the basket as his brother, but they are different players."

While Erik did majority of his work in the paint, Alex has all the makings of a quality combo forward. His versatility and ability to play on the wing is intriguing, which is one of the many reasons he already holds a dozen scholarship offers.

Among the offers are Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College, Providence, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. While North Carolina, Duke, Georgetown and UCLA have shown initial interest.

"So far honestly, it's been really cool," Murphy said of his recruitment. "I saw my brother go through the whole thing and now that it's my turn and it's all happening to me, it's a blessing."

"I was always right there alongside Erik and my dad when they were going through it. It definitely helps, and we still talk everyday. He is my role model and my best friend, so it's easy to talk to him about basically anything, especially this."

Murphy's underclassman counterpart at St. Mark's and during the AAU season is 7-foot, 220-pound Kaleb Tarczewski. Much like Murphy, Tarczewski, a member of the 2012 class, is off to a great start at St. Mark's.

"He's like a sponge," Lubick said. "He's just hasn't been coached. He's just taking it all in. Over the course of a workout he's changing. He's coming with a really good foundation of athleticism and he can run. He's been aggressive and he's looking for position."

"He really wants to be good," he added. "He makes that really clear. He doesn't have a go-to move yet, but he can move, he's aggressive and blocks shots with both hands. His instincts and timing are tremendous, as are his reactions."

While it was expected that Murphy would follow his brother at St. Mark's, Tarczewski made a transfer into the program and has enjoyed every second of his time in Southborough.

"Everything has been almost a culture shock, one moment I was in New Hampshire playing basketball and now I am at St. Mark's competing with some of the best and making my passion for the game grow stronger everyday," he said. "This is a dream come true to this point, I will be working my hardest to get better everyday."

While nationally he's still somewhat of an unknown, a number of college programs have already taken noticed. Lubick said, "Anybody who has seen him has come across with an offer."

Tarcezewski said he already holds scholarships from USC, West Virginia, Providence and Indiana. Kansas, Notre Dame, Michigan, Florida, Siena, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Harvard, Arizona and Boston College are all interested as well.

"Everything has been happening so fast," Tarczewski told Scout.com. "I couldn't have expected that the recruiting would start so soon."

Two weeks ago St. Mark's held a workout. Among the schools that showed up were Georgetown, Providence, Boston College, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Indiana, Rhode Island, VCU, Penn State, George Mason, Siena, Northeastern, Drexel, Boston University and Harvard.

Another workout will take place this coming weekend, and a similar turnout is expected.

"Those two are going to be fortunate like Nate and Erik were by being at the same place at the same time and playing on the same AAU team and same high school team," the elder Lubick said. "Their recruiting is going to be meshed and interchangeable almost."


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