Experience Helping Murphy With Recruiting

It's been a busy summer for class of 2012 small forward Alex Murphy. After a tremendous summer on the AAU circuit with the New England Playaz, Murphy recently capped off his summer by playing in Adidas Nations.

Murphy sat down with TDD in Chicago to discuss his summer and the latest in his recruitment.

The 6-8 Murphy, currently listed as the 22nd best prospect in the 2012 class, has been hearing from plenty of schools after his solid July, including Duke.

"Schools recruiting me the hardest are Duke, Florida, Arizona, Kansas, Villanova, Texas, Butler, Boston College. Those are some that come to mind right there," Murphy said.

Alex said all of those schools he listed have offered scholarships while North Carolina recently entered the picture as well.

With the class of 2012 beginning to receive phone calls, Alex has chatted plenty with Duke coaches.

"Coach Collins and obviously I talk to Coach K," Murphy said of his interaction with the Blue Devils. "Assistant-wise I talk to Coach Collins. I've talked to Coach K. I've had some pretty good conversations with (Coach K) quite a few times. Me and him are definitely building up a relationship and he's been great so far."

While a relationship with the coaching staff is important, Alex also comes from a basketball background. Both his dad and older brother (Florida sophomore Eric Murphy) played college basketball and are helping him out as Alex plans his future.

"My Dad played in college, so he's sort of been the one there throughout my whole life not only as a coach but just as a father too and as a parent and a mentor. Pretty much everything. I love the game but he's definitely helped me get the most out of it to this day," Alex said.

"My brother too, he's a freshman down at Florida this year. He's definitely helped me out too. I think the thing he's helped me out with the most is the recruiting process, the whole thing. He went through it and I was sort of in the back seat watching him and my Dad and my whole family go through it."

"He's definitely been a big help. Me and my brother are really close, we're like best friends. I talk to him almost every day; not only about the recruiting process and basketball but about everything."

It also doesn't hurt that Duke is recruiting a couple of Alex's friends as well.

"My high school teammate is probably my best friend, Kaleb Tarczewski. He's out here for (Adidas Nations). Shabazz (Muhammad); we've developed a relationship through the Nations program this spring and summer as well."

Although he hasn't been home much over the summer, Murphy still enjoyed his experience on the circuit.

"Every time you go out there for those weekends you're playing against the best players so you have to bring it everyday. It's been a lot of fun."

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