It's his older brother, Erik.
As one of the top post players in the Class of 2009, Erik Murphy had
scholarship offers from the likes of Boston College, Connecticut, Duke,
Ohio State and Marquette, as well as his eventual school of choice –
the University of Florida.
During his brother's recruitment, Alex had the opportunity to watch and
learn about the process from the inside, hoping that one day it would
be his turn.
Today, Alex is quickly gaining steam as one of the most promising small
forward prospects in the Class of 2012, and his own recruitment is
picking up his relationship with Erik continues to prove a valuable
"My brother is definitely the person I talk to most about any
questions, any concerns, or anything like that," Alex said. "I can
always just give him a call and he'll answer. We'll talk about that and
other stuff, too. He's like my best friends, so it's pretty cool having
him there and having him (already) gone through the whole thing. It
definitely helps out."
Despite his youth, the 6-foot-7 wing has already received offers from
Arizona, Boston College, UCONN, Florida and Kansas, among others. To
date, Alex said he hasn't had a great deal of direct contact with the
programs recruiting him due to NCAA rules regarding sophomores.
However, he is already beginning to form relationships with a number of
One such coach is University of Kansas assistant Joe Dooley, who has
made several trips to the East Coast to visit Murphy and his St. Mark's
and New England Playaz teammate, 7-foot center Kaleb Tarczewski.
"I like Coach Dooley a lot," Alex said. "He's a really cool guy, he's
an honest guy and I think what he does down there, the players that he
gets, he's done a great job. So he knows what he's doing but I like him
as a person, too. He's a really nice guy."
On Friday, April 30, Murphy and Tarczewski joined their teammates on
the Playaz in Lawrence, Kan. for the annual Jayhawk Invitational
Tournament. Though they were eliminated from bracket play late Saturday
night by a talented Dream Vision squad – one that included 2011 big man
Angelo Chol and 2012 prospects Winston Sheppard and Shabazz Muhammad –
their weekend wasn't quite finished.
The entire team headed over to Allen Field House on Sunday morning to
tour the facilities with Dooley and fellow assistant coach Danny
The brief visit went extremely well.
"It's up there with the best of them," Alex said, of the Kansas
program. "There's those elite basketball schools that when you walk
around a place like that you can tell that basketball is number one
there, it's the most important thing. The tradition and history there
is unbelievable. It was definitely really impressive."
The possibility exists for a return trip to Lawrence in the coming
weeks, for Head Coach Bill Self's annual Elite Camp in June – though
the talented wing said his attendance wasn't set in stone.
"It's still up in the air," Alex said. "It's something I'd like to do,
but I'm not sure about it. I don't know the exact dates yet, but I
finish school right around that time, so I'm not sure if I'll be going
home for a little while or what I'm going to do – if I'm going to
Here's what Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Evan Daniels has to
say about Alex Murphy's game:
"A big wing with some skill, Murphy is a heck of a prospect with a nice
ceiling. At 6-foot-7 he's a pretty good athlete, who attacks the
rim and has a pretty good-looking jump shot."
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