UNC Increasing Interest in Murphy

One of the more productive prospects over the course of the first evaluation period was 2012 standout Alex Murphy. A number of coaches took notice, including North Carolina's staff.

Shortly after playing in the adidas Invitational, Murphy, a 6-foot-7 small forward out of Southborough (Mass.) St. Mark's, received a phone call from North Carolina assistant coach C.B. McGrath.

"I talked to coach McGrath after Indianapolis," Murphy said. "He said they were a little shocked about how much I changed from last year until this year. They definitely want to recruit me and he wants to get me in touch with coach [Roy] Williams as soon as possible."

"He emailed me and I think I'll probably talk to Coach Williams this week," Murphy, Scout.com's No. 22 overall prospect, added. "But he said they definitely have strong interest."

To go with Carolina, Murphy claims college interest from Florida, Duke, Arizona, Butler, Texas, Kentucky, Boston College, Villanova, Kansas and Syracuse. He said all have offered except UNC and Kentucky.

"He didn't say anything about [an offer]," Murphy said of his conversation with McGrath. "With North Carolina, they don't just throw around scholarship offers. They go after a certain kid that they know they get and that they want."

"I think if I keep playing well and my team keeps playing well, maybe that will come," he said. "Who knows?"

With North Carolina just getting involved, Murphy said he's still doing his homework on the program. He did, however, cite the history as a reason to consider the Tar Heels.

"Obviously it's the most storied program in college basketball history so anytime they step in and say they want to recruit you it's cool," Murphy said about Carolina.

"I'm still getting familiar with the program. He does a great job with those guys and [Coach Williams] brings in a lot of talent every year. Obviously this year was a little down, but they are always good."

Murphy and the New England Playaz will be back in action on July 22nd when the second evaluation periods begins. They'll start in Las Vegas at the adidas Super 64 before sliding over to Phoenix for the Desert Duel on the 27th.

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