The recruiting process can get out of hand at times. It's a good idea to have a management plan.
Freshman Ryan Murphy's parents did just that.
"That's why you're talking to me about him," Greg Murphy said.
Ryan's father said they want him to focus on academics and improving his game. Those of us covering recruiting ask for the prospects' time. The AAU season can be rigorous. As soon as they're sophomores, college coaches send a limitless amount of texts.
"My wife and I are much involved with his Facebook, Twitter and anyone who just wants to reach out to him," Greg said. "He knows if someone does reach out to him, he knows to say, hey, you need to reach out to my mom or dad."
The Murphys also devote time to traveling with Ryan. They've been to a USA Basketball event, the Couch Foundation Super 16 National Training Showcase in New York City and the John Lucas Midwest Invitational in Louisville, where he also attended the Cardinals Red and White Game.
Greg said that they've heard from around seven Division I programs, including Stanford, IUPUI, Boston College, Notre Dame, Iowa, Wisconsin and Pepperdine.
Ryan's Fairfield (CT) Prep teammate Pascal Chidierbere-Chukwu, a 7-footer in the Class of 2014, has drawn high-major interest. Xavier, Notre Dame, Boston College, Providence and St. John's scouted open gyms there.
The Murphys come from California. They're around friends and their families also going through recruiting process. Chidierbere-Chukwu, '15 Stephen Zimmerman and '15 Tyler Dorsey are in that group.
"They're all kind of going through the same thing," Greg said. "They all have the same, I don't know, notoriety, I guess and recruiting going on as well."
Ryan's USA Basketball experience is a highlight of his young career. He was coached by Iowa City, City High's Don Showalter,
"It was a great camp," Greg said. "He's a no-nonsense guy, that's for sure. He ran a great camp."
Ryan played point guard during the USA camp but is a combo guard .
"We were always told height would be 6-4 to 6-6; one of those great doctor things," Greg said of his almost 6-foot-2 son. "I think he's roiling more into a one than a flat out two. I think he'll develop into more of a combo guard than a two."