Reggie Murphy Picks Up Recent Gopher Looks

Reggie Murphy, a 6-foot-9, 250-pounder from Los Angeles (CA) Westchester, is one of the top available big man. Murphy scored eleven to help lead the Comets to a 67-53 victory over Long Beach Poly in the Southern California Regional Division I semifinals Saturday and will face Mater Dei this Saturday. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Murphy and Westchester assistant Rick Cotton to learn the latest.

Reggie Murphy is averaging eight points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots per game, but his productivity has increased in the second half this season. He scored eleven points Saturday as the Comets defeated Taft and they will face Mater Dei in the Division I Southern California regional final at USC's Galen Center Saturday.

Murphy, who played for the Team Ariza and Southern California All-Stars AAU programs, said that he is hearing from several top programs.

"TCU, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Marquette."

TCU has offered him a scholarship and he plans to make visits after the season is over. Murphy said that he wants to visit several of the college that are looking at him.

"TCU, Minnesota and Marquette as well." TCU, Minnesota and Marquette as well.

Westchester assistant coach Rick Cotton thinks that Murphy is a player with many strengths. Murphy was just 6-foot-1 in eighth grade, but has grown eight inches since then. He played guard growing up, which Cotton thinks has helped his development.

"He has a really high basketball IQ. He passes the ball well for a big man. He has a great feel for the game. He has to get a little tougher, but that will come with time. He grew so much from eight grade to ninth grade. He is still adjusting to be a big guy. He has good foot work. He is light on his feet. He has always been a guard growing up. That kind of helped him out a lot. His basketball I.Q. is really good. For a big kid like him, he has great passing ability. He passes well out of the post."

Murphy agrees with Cotton about several of his strengths.

"I am a pretty good passer. I am a very poised player and I don't force anything."

Murphy said that he has some areas of his game that he wants to improve before moving to the next level.

"Work on my shooting and my conditioning"

Murphy has posted a 910 on the ACT and has a 2.5 GPA. He said that he knows several possible majors in college.

"I've been thinking about Business, Economics and Law Enforcement."

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