Murphy Talks Tar Heel Offer

Roy Williams called Alex Murphy on Wednesday to let him know that North Carolina is taking a significant step in its recruitment of the junior small forward.

Williams and his staff watched the 6-foot-8 Murphy extensively in July, with repeated viewings on the AAU circuit that put him squarely on the Tar Heel radar.

"Coach Williams and I talked a lot previously after the summer and after the live period ended and he told me he was really impressed and they definitely wanted to start recruiting me very actively," Murphy recalled.

This past Sunday, Williams and Co. made the trip to Southborough, Mass. to evaluate Murphy in his high school setting at St. Mark's School.

"He wants to see what the players are like in a different environment and with me that was with my school team," Murphy said of Williams's visit. "He was up here, him and one of his assistants, for the open gym. I think things went well."

Evidently so, as Williams phoned Murphy on Wednesday evening with news of a scholarship offer.

"He told me we were going to talk this week and we talked on the phone last night for pretty close to hour," Murphy explained. "He said, ‘As you probably know, North Carolina doesn't throw scholarships around. ‘He said he wants to get to know me and what he told me last night was that they don't offer guys a scholarship after watching them one time.

"They offered me a scholarship and when he told me that it was a pretty cool feeling."

North Carolina was the only school on his list that hadn't offered prior to Wednesday night.

"I think them offering this scholarship is something that means a lot," Murphy said. "Obviously North Carolina is a great program and I'm just blessed and it's such a great honor for something like this to happen.

"Obviously it's one of the more storied programs in college basketball history by looking at the guys that have played there and the amount of championships that they've won. It's just a great program."

During the hour-long chat, Murphy and Williams covered a number of topics, including reviewing UNC's 2010 and 2011 classes, which would be Murphy's college teammates should he ultimately decide to become a Tar Heel.

Williams also detailed UNC's recruiting outlook for Murphy's 2012 class.

"He told me that they had only offered three kids, including me," said Murphy, who joins Shabazz Muhammad and J.P. Tokoto as the only junior prospects currently with UNC scholarship offers. "He explained it that each one of us was a wing player, but each of us brings something different to the table. He said we can all play and we could all help his program.

"He said, ‘If I could get one of you guys I'd be very happy. To get two of you guys would be better than ever. To get all three of you would be awesome.'

Murphy has been in Chapel Hill before, most recently for the Tournament of Champions AAU event earlier this year, but he didn't have time for a formal campus tour. He said he aims to visit UNC and a number of other programs, but his school schedule is a travel obstacle for now.

"It's so tough for me to get somewhere in the fall because we have Saturday class at St. Mark's," he said. "I'm still trying. Hopefully I can go down to a few places sometime when the fall ends. Nothing has been set yet.

For now, Murphy's school list is extensive, including Arizona, Boston College, Butler, Duke, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Syracuse, Texas, Villanova, and Virginia. With the final offer, from UNC, in hand, he's starting to think he might be ready to narrow down the list and move forward with the process.

"I think the one thing I want to do is to sit down with my family," he said. "I was going to do this after the summer, but I decided to wait. I didn't think I was ready yet. Now I feel that since every school that is recruiting me has offered me a scholarship, I think before the high school season starts I want to sit down with my high school coach and my family and hopefully discuss this whole thing."

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