Murphy and Murphy

As a high major recruit, Alex Murphy has something going for him that most prospective collegiate hoopsters do not – and it has nothing to do with his ability on the court.

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 resource.

"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 coaches.

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 Manning.

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 travel."

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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