Terps Tracking Texas Wing

Brennan (San Antonio, Texas) small forward Jordan Murphy had only played two games in his junior campaign, but he'd already made quite an impression. The 6-foot-7, 205-pound junior, whose squad was off to a 2-0 start, was averaging 35 points and 13 rebounds, showing exactly why he's a nationally-rated recruit.

Brennan (San Antonio, Texas) small forward Jordan Murphy had only played two games so far in his junior campaign, but he'd already made quite an impression. The 6-foot-7, 205-pound junior, whose squad was off to a 2-0 start when we spoke to him, is averaging 35 points and 13 rebounds, showing exactly why he's a nationally-rated recruit.

"I'm doing pretty well so far. The team as a whole is looking pretty good, and I'm one of the vocal leaders," Murphy said. "I can be a scorer and a defensive stopper as well. I'm playing all types of roles to help the team. But we're a good team and I think we can go pretty far in the playoffs as long as we keep working, stay focused and keep playing up to our potential."

An inside-out threat, Murphy considers himself a slasher who can finish at the rim and break down a defense. He said he can hit from the outside, though his jump shot and ball-handling still needs work.

"My handles, I need to get those down a little bit," Murphy said. "And shooting, just consistently being able to knock it down from 3 and mid-range. When I'm driving, I have to do better avoiding traffic and charges as best as I can because I'm really aggressive going to the hole. But I've done well so far with getting to the rim and scoring the ball. I'm pretty happy with how things have gone so far."

Murphy has done enough to attract the eye of plenty of college coaches. He claims offers from Texas A&M, Texas Christian, Kansas State, Baylor, Oklahoma, Marquette and Southern Methodist, while Maryland, Texas, Clemson and others are showing plenty of interest.

"There's been a lot of schools that have seen practices and all that," Murphy said. "And, I mean, the recruiting process has been hectic, but you have to enjoy it. A lot of schools have been in, but you just have to sit back, look at them all and take it all in. It's great to get all this attention."

The Terps, for their part, haven't offered yet but they have been monitoring the Brennan wing closely. Assistant Dustin Clark has been by the school, and head coach Mark Turgeon is familiar with the program as well.

"Maryland actually seems pretty interested; I've seen their one assistant and their head coach here before," Murphy said. "They're still keeping in contact and recruiting me."

Murphy said he spoke to a Terps' assistant during the open period and was intrigued by what he heard. He's never been to College Park, Md., before, but he visited Washington, D.C., in the eighth grade and likes the area and what it has to offer.

"It's a good area and it's cool up there," Murphy said. "Coach Clark, he was talking about Marylnad, how great the city is, how close it is to D.C., how it is becoming a national program recruiting-wise, and how they like my game and are really going to be looking at me hard.

"He said Maryland had a good campus, how nice everyone was, how everyone on the team is close to each other, and how the academics are really good. It sounds really nice."

Murphy went on to say that he plans to visit College Park during the offseason. He's not sure his schedule will allow him to take in a game during basketball season, but the Texas forward plans to trek north at some point.

"Of course I want to get up to Maryland, for an unofficial or maybe even an official if they offer and all that," Murphy said. "I really liked what Coach Clark was saying. He was telling me how the program is growing every year, how they kids are hard working, and how they're becoming a national program that recruits all over."

The Terps, though, are just one of many programs Murphy will be checking out. He's already seen all the local schools such as Texas, SMU, Texas A&M, and the like, but he claims no standouts thus far.

"Really I'm just looking at any big school," Murphy said. "No leaders. I'll look at schools close to me and farther away – I don't really have a preference and I don't mind traveling far from home. I just want to get my name out there and get recruited by as many schools as possible."

Murphy doesn't have any planned visits coming up, however. He said his team is his main concern right now, and recruiting will have to wait until the offseason or when he gets a break.

"I'm trying to get my team as ready as possible for the long run ahead and the playoffs so we can make a long run," Murphy said. "Hopefully we'll come away with a championship when it's all said and done."

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