Junior Alex Murphy picks Duke

Originally Published: February 7, 2011
By Adam Finkelstein | ESPN Recruiting

Alex Murphy, the No. 15 overall player in the 2012 class, has committed to Duke and coach Mike Krzyzewski over Florida, Boston College, North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia and Villanova.

"I've had a feeling in my gut for a long time now and when I went down to Duke for my unofficial [visit] last month it just kind of solidified things," said Murphy who shortened his list earlier this fall. "When I talked to Coach K at the end of that trip I knew that was where I wanted to be. The reason I didn't do it right then and there was that I wanted to come home and talk to my family and the people close to me."

With his family and coaches all supporting his decision, Murphy began to notify the other coaches of his decision on Sunday.

"I couldn't get [Florida coach Billy Donovan] until [Monday] morning," Murphy said. "That was a pretty tough call to make."

Murphy had always maintained that Duke and Florida -- where his older brother Erik is currently a sophomore -- were the two schools recruiting him the hardest. Murphy's relationship with Donovan dates back to when Florida began to recruit his older brother and he was still in middle school.

Ultimately though, Murphy said that the opportunity to play at Duke for Krzyzewski was simply too much to pass up.

"It's an opportunity to play for someone who I consider to be one of the greatest college basketball coaches ever," he said.

Murphy is currently in his junior season at St. Mark's School in Massachusetts, having begun his high school career at the Prout School in Rhode Island before transferring and repeating his freshman season.

Now in his fourth year of high school, there remains a possibility that Murphy could elect to rejoin the Class of 2011 and head to Duke next fall.

"As of right now, I'm a member of the Class of 2012 and that's the way it's going to stay," he said, "at least until the high school season is over.

"Right now I just want to focus on helping this team," he said. "When the spring approaches I'll sit down with my family and discuss the 2011 option."

Asked if Duke was prepared to take him immediately next fall he said, "Yes, they are."

Adam Finkelstein has been a coach or scout at the high school, college and pro levels. He was an assistant coach in Division I by the age of 24 and also worked as a scout for Marty Blake, the NBA's director of scouting.