Murphy Impresses In July

Alex Murphy put together a big July. Individually he impressed college coaches and scouts, while also leading his squad deep into tournaments.

College coaches were out in full force to check out Alex Murphy during the first evaluation period.

And the 6-foot-7 forward out of Southborough (Mass.) St. Mark's didn't disappoint.

Teaming with fellow 2012 big man Kaleb Tarczewski and talented 2011 lead guard Naadir Tharpe, Murphy and company worked their way to the final four in the adidas Invitational and then won the West Virginia Jam Fest.

"I think I've played well," Murphy said. "Obviously we started off in Indianapolis and there was a lot of coaches there. There was a little bit of pressure, but I think I played well and as a team I think we played well too."

"We just won West Virginia," he added. "So far the period has gone well for me and it's gone well for the team too."

Since last year Murphy,'s 22nd rated prospect, has upgraded his game in a variety of ways. He's grown, has become more aggressive and is even showing more athleticism.

"I've worked hard over the past year," he said. "I think I'm maturing. I'm still young and I just turned 17 and I feel like my body is changing and I'm getting strong. I've added some weight and I've been working hard."

"I think the best thing I do is I make guys around me better," Murphy said. "I have a high basketball IQ. I can shoot it well. I pass it well and I can dribble it. I can do a lot of things on the floor. I basically play positions one through four on this team."

Interest has poured in from the nation's best and he already claims offers from Florida, Duke, Arizona, Butler, Texas, Boston College, Villanova, Kansas and Syracuse. North Carolina and Kentucky have also jumped into his recruitment, but haven't offered.

"It is early," Murphy said when asked about the recruiting process. "But time goes by fast. So you have to start thinking about it. Right now through the next month I just want to play. I don't want to think about it too much."

Following the second evaluation period, Murphy said he hopes to have a discussion with his family about possibly making a list and starting to take visits.

"In August I'll go down to Gainesville for their elite camp and then I'll hang out with my brother down there for a few extra days before I go to adidas Nations," Murphy said.

"I definitely want to get to some places this fall, but it's tough because at St. Mark's we have school on Saturdays."

During the spring, Murphy said he was able to get to a few schools, including Duke, Florida and Connecticut.

"I took an unofficial to Duke after we played in Bob Gibbons in May," he said. "That went well. I visited Florida and I visited UConn and I definitely want to visit a few other places.

"Unfortunately I didn't get out to Butler when I was in Indianapolis, but schools like Butler and Arizona are places I want to visit too."

When asked about possible favorites, Murphy said his top school seems to change on a daily basis.

"Whatever school calls you that day it's your instinct to say that's your favorite," he said. "Every school has so much to offer. Basically nobody sticks out. I'd say I'm wide open."

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