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Prospect Profile

Kevin Murphy

  • Full Name: Kevin Murphy
  • Position: Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-6 / 195
  • Birthdate: March 6, 1990
  • College: Tennessee Tech
Utah Jazz Round 2: Pick 47
 

Strengths:
*Quick first step
*Good size
*Good 3-point shooter
*Efficient pull-up jumper
*Good rebounder
*Improving defender

Weaknesses:
*Needs to get bigger and stronger
*Has to cut down on turnovers

NBA projection:
Murphy was a player NBA scouts knew about before the 2011-12 season began, but once he scored 50 points against SIU Edwardsville in a late-January game, he became a must-scout. Before the Portsmouth Invitational, he was viewed as a possible second-round pick, and he used the PIT to enhance that status with some strong performances that included a 27-point outburst in his first game.

2011-12 Season:
Murphy wound up as the leading scorer in the Ohio Valley Conference (and No. 10 nationally). He became just the 10th player in OVC history to score 50 or more points in a game and only the 16th player to score 2,000 or more points in his career. Murphy was a first-team All-OVC selection.

Key statistics:
20.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 3.3 tpg, 34.5 mpg, .444 FG, .416 3PT, .721 FT

Cool statistic:
Murphy’s 50 point scored against SIU Edwardsville on Jan. 30 were the most scored in Division I in 2011-12 and the most since Jimmer Fredette of BYU scored 52 on March 11, 2011. It was just the 11th 50-point game in Ohio Valley Conference history.

Reminds me of:
Nick Young

What Insiders Say:
Tennessee Tech coach Steve Payne
“His first step is a weapon. He’s really quick. Extremely quick. When he’s low and is strong with the ball, he gets by everybody. He’s also got a great pull-up game, and he can shoot with a lot of angles. Length and speed are his best attributes. It’s his ability to separate off one step that really makes him hard to guard. He’s not a catch and shoot 3 guy, but he can go off a ball screen. You better get over it and trap him. If you go under, he can make 3s.”

Tennessee Tech assistant coach Russ Willemsen
“Players make plays, coaches coach. He’s the first one in the gym, the last one to leave. We can’t really take any credit for his development. He’s grown as a person. He bought into whole rebounding thing. He’s in the gym all the time. He works on his game. He’s a byproduct of hard work.”

What Outsiders Say:
SIU Edwardsville coach Lennox Forrester
(After watching Murphy score 50 on his team)
"We didn't do a great job of containing Murphy. Give credit to him, he's very explosive offensively. Our guys were soft on him to where he was shooting jump shots. He made some tough shots, which we knew he could do. I thought Kevin Stineman did well on him down the stretch in the second half, but he's a phenomenal player. He had a great night and we were poor defensively."
 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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