Two years ago, Alex Murphy was a reserve forward for St. Mark’s of Southborough, Massachusetts. Now, he’s the focal point of one of New England’s best prep school teams and one of the most coveted wings in the country. Recently, the Rhode Island native visited Duke for their game against Maryland with his dad, Jay, the former Boston College star and NBA forward. After a recent game against Life Center Academy (NJ) at the Hoop Hall Classic, Murphy recounted his recent visit to Duke and discussed what he wants to improve upon before playing college basketball, his transition of necessity to the power forward position for St. Mark’s, his relationship with Quinn Cook, and how he’s improved since the summer.
Alex, can you talk about facing LaQuinton Ross and what he did to you guys in the first half?
Yeah, I know LaQuinton real well. We played in the Elite 24 together and I know him from seeing him around the circuits. He obviously played a great game and hurt us in the first half. He hit a lot of threes. He’s a good player and he’s going to get his own, but I think we did a better job in the second half of containing him and staying front of him.
You guys started to hit threes in the final quarter, gained momentum, and took the lead briefly near the end, but what happened on that final possession? What was the design of the play?
I don’t really know what happened. I just, kind of, lost my footing and slipped. Like you said, we hit some threes down the stretch, and we actually went up two with just a couple of minutes left so..When Nick (Stauskas) hit that three, I thought we had the game right there, but, unfortunately, things turned and they hit a couple of shots in the last minute to
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