Murphy In Attack Mode

NEW HAVEN, Conn. --- Alex Murphy and his Southborough (Mass.) St. Mark's squad only practiced once prior to their game on Saturday against Lee Academy. The limited practice didn't stop Murphy from putting together a terrific outing.

Murphy, a 6-foot-8 hybrid forward, played as aggressive as ever. He especially attacked the glass, to the tune of 17 rebounds.

"I rebounded the ball really well [Saturday] and that was something I knew I needed to do against a big team," Murphy said. "We are big up front, but rebounding wins games."

Offensively he played with intensity and it was clear his main focus was to get to the basket. He finished with 18 points.

"I don't want to rely on my jump shot," Murphy said. "I want to attack and get to the rim. If I do that the shooting comes easier."

On the recruiting front, Murphy recently narrowed his list of schools to North Carolina, Duke Florida, Arizona, Kansas, Boston College and West Virginia.

"It's going well," he said of his recruitment. " I actually cut it down to seven right before the season. I probably won't do anything else with it until after the season."

The Tar Heels have been in constant contact with the No. 10-ranked recruit in the 2012 class.

"A lot," he responded when asked if UNC had been in touch. "I've talked to Coach [Roy] Williams quite a few times and he's expressed very strong interest so that's something I'm really excited about it."

According to Murphy, UNC has explained its 2012 recruiting efforts to him and hope to bring in a number of wing prospects in that class.

"He talks to me a lot about recruiting and a couple of the other guys he's offered in my class like Shabazz [Muhammad] and J.P [Tokoto]. and everone thinks we all play the same position. What he sees in all three of us is that we could all play together. Now he's not sure he's going to get all three, but if he did he thinks it would be a great thing."

Murphy, a five-star prospect, isn't going to rush his recruitment, but he does want to squeeze in a couple of visits into his busy high school schedule.

"I'm going to try," he said. "We are actually on break for nine days at prep school so I'm going to try. Hopefully I can go see a game whether it's at Boston College or somewhere."

"Hopefully over Christmas break I'm going to try and go down to Duke and North Carolina to see a game," Murphy added. "Also right at the beginning of December I'm going to go see Florida. They play in D.C."

Murphy and St. Mark's will play in a couple of other major events this season. They'll be at City of Palms as well as the Hoop Hall Classic in January.

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