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An exclusive diary from the Notre Dame forward
So Close and Still So Unknown
By Troy Murphy
Troy's Trek: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV

So last week, I was in Boston, wrapping up my workouts there and really thinking I wasn't going to have much to do for the rest of the week. I was planning to go home to New Jersey, hang out with my family for a little bit and just wait for the draft. That didn't happen.

I did get to go home -- for a night. I flew from Boston to New Jersey, stayed in Jersey that night and then flew down to Houston. I worked out in Houston on Friday with Richard Jefferson of Arizona and Lee Scruggs of Georgetown. That was a great trip. I loved Houston. It's a really cool city and the Rockets have a great organization.

After Houston, I flew back up to New Jersey and stayed there Saturday and Sunday. I went with a friend of mine to buy a car. He bought a car, but I started to look at cars too for when it's time for me to buy one. I just need to know what city I'm going to be driving in the most!

The other thing I did at home was I went to my high school, Delbarton HS in Northern Hills to shoot on Sunday. It was cool because they had a poster of me in the gym and a ball in a glass case. It was such a great feeling, a couple days before I'm about to be drafted into the NBA, going back to a place where I walked in when I was 13 years old, 6-2 and 150 pounds. I didn't really make any plans to go over there and see people, so I didn't get to see my high school coach. I just wandered over and the gym was open so I shot for about an hour and then I got on a train and went to Washington, D.C.

The Wizards were one of the first teams I worked out for about a month ago when this ride got serious. This time I was with the two high school kids, Tyson Chandler and Kwame Brown and Vladimir Radmanovic of Yugoslavia. It was a good workout, about the same as last time. It just makes me wonder what the Wizards are going to do with their pick since they wanted to see me again.

That's one thing I definitely thought a month ago, that by this time I'd have an idea of where I'm going to go. And now, the day before the draft, I have no idea. I thought it would get clear and some days it got clearer --and other days it got foggier. I just want to find out who I'm going to play for and where I'm going to live so I can start getting the details worked out and concentrate on basketball.

So I flew up to New York from D.C. and chose to stay in the hotel with the other players invited, rather than at home in Jersey. They're keeping me on such a busy schedule and I'm being yanked all over the place. I had to do a thing with Inside Stuff this morning and then we all had a media availability session this afternoon.

The media session was crazy. People asked me the same questions over and over. "What does it mean to play three years in college?" I don't know. "What would you do if you were in high school?" I'm not. It's funny because you hear people tell you things like, "I don't think you're going here in the draft or to this place." Well thanks. It's a zoo. I'm just ready to get it over with.

I don't have any brothers and sisters so all the attention's on me when it comes to my family. That's been a circus too, but I've gotten to spend some time with my parents recently. My dad dropped me off for the train to go to Washington on Sunday. Then I flew back up here and my mom came over to the hotel to see me and we kind of hung out a little bit last night. They'll both be here tomorrow night for the draft. They're happy that I get to experience this, but I think they'll be glad when it's over too.

So on the night before the draft, I'm going to ... disappear. No interviews, no autographs, no partying. I can and will party tomorrow night. Tonight, I just want to lay low and relax. Then the next time you hear from me, all the questions will be answered. See you at the draft!
 
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