New York Forward Speaks About Recruitment

Kamari Murphy enjoyed a strong July evaluation period and rose up the charts. The forward from Brooklyn opened some eyes and it was reported that he held a scholarship offer from Iowa. Hawkeye Insider's Rob Howe caught up with Murphy to talk about Iowa and schools recruiting him. Get the latest in this update.

The July evaluation period serves as a proving ground for the nation's top prep basketball players. Testing your wares against the nation's best sometimes can raise your stock greatly.

Kamari Murphy took advantage of that setup in July.

"(It) went very well for me, I believe," the 6-foot-8, 200-pounder Brooklyn native said in an email interview. "I've stepped up big time against big schools, so a lot of coaches should have noticed this."

Murphy reports scholarship offers from Providence, St. John's, Rutgers, Virginia, Pittsburgh and "some mid-majors." He lists those the Big East schools and UVA as his Top 5.

Reports surfaced recently that Iowa offered Murphy. He claimed that was a false report.

Some of the confusion might be because Murphy plans to re-classify into the 2012 class. He'll likely end up at prep school.

"I'm an all-around player," Murphy said. "My strengths are rebounding and blocking shots; also running the floor and finishing. I believe I need to work on my passing ability."

Murphy said that Iowa State is recruiting him harder than any school right now. He stated that distance from home will not factor into his college decision.

Asked again about where Iowa stands with him, Murphy said: "I don't know about Iowa yet."

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