JuCo Hoops Swingman Sets Rutgers Visit

South Plains College G/F Tymell Murphy is approaching a decision for the final two years of his college availability remaining. With a Rutgers visit on tap later this month, Murphy discussed where the Scarlet Knights stand in his search for a four-year university to finish his college career.

When Rutgers began recruiting South Plains College Tymell Murphy, it was a dream come true for the JuCo swingman. Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., Rutgers offers many opportunities that Murphy wants in his final two years of eligibility.

"I'm playing Junior College basketball and I'm looking to take the next step for my next two years," Murphy said after setting up his visit. "Playing for Rutgers would be like a dream come true in a way. I watched that team growing up. I've watched them for so long that playing for them would be a dream come true because it's like an attractive area.

"I think that I will be able to bring something to the table and help the team win. Playing in the Big East is like a dream come true."

Murphy does not yet hold a scholarship offer from the Scarlet Knights, but said his college decision hinges on what happens at Rutgers on a trip late next week.

"I'm going to decide this month," he said. "I'm going to decide pretty much right after my visits. Rutgers is my last one and I'm going to decide probably April 22nd or 23rd, I think. I'm not sure. I'm just hoping everything goes as planned and they offer me."

Bradley is Murphy's lone offer. He likes the school, he said, but Rutgers offers a different set of opportunities that stands out to him.

"I want to play in Madison Square Garden," Murphy said. "They do a lot of things that I've wanted to do my whole entire life. I watch them on TV and watch how exciting the Big East can be. I want to be a part of that."

Raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., a chance to play an hour away from home is another mark in Rutgers' favor for Murphy.

"I've been all over the area and all over New Jersey, but I've never actually been inside the building," Murphy said. "I'm looking forward to checking it out because I've watched them a lot on TV."

Murphy averaged 9.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and shot 57 percent this season for the undefeated South Plains College in Texas. He stands at 6-foot-5.

"I'm a good slasher," he said. "I get to the basket. I can rebound from my position and I can move well with the basketball. I'm really good in a fast-break setting, running up the court and keeping things moving. I like to help my team win, but more than anything, I just want a chance."


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