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KAMARI MURPHY LOOKS FOR BIG AAU SEASON BEFORE HEADING TO PREP SCHOOL
Kamari Murphy is a match-up problem, plain and simple. He is extremely long and athletic and he has shown the ability to play multiple positions and guard various players in the past on the AAU trail with the Long Island Lightning program. Murphy moves around well without the ball and can score when he gets the ball, whether around the rim or off a jump shot. Defensively he can cover a lot of ground and showed at the Rumble in the Bronx he can block shots with the best of them. He has great timing and his leaping ability allows him to affect shots.
It was supposed to be a break out high school season for Murphy with Abraham Lincoln, but after reclassing into the 2012 class, things just never fell into place this past year for the 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward.
“This past season at Lincoln for me had its ups and downs, everything from injury and suspension just really had me rattled,” Murphy told NBE, “but I came back strong almost averaging a tiriple-double when it counted in the playoffs.”
Murphy, who had 14 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks, made clutch baskets in a 56-54 win over Bayside Cardozo in a PSAL Class A semifinal that set up a championship game at Madison Square Garden against rivals Boys & Girls High School. Lincoln would come up short, losing 62-55, but Murphy was solid again and earned the Murphy the sportsmanship award after his 15 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks performance in MSG.
Now Murphy will turn his attention to the AAU season where he will likely team with Daniel Dingle, Nkereuwem Okoro and others on a team that will likely win a lot of games and draw a lot of attention int he spring from scouts and analysts and then college coaches in the summer.
“Well this summer I’ll be playing with Long Island Lightning-Dingle and it should be a fun ride like last summer,” said Murphy. “I look forward to the high levels of competition.”
Murphy is already receiving his fair share of recruiting interest. A big summer will only elevate his recruitment and the move into the Class of 2012 has already caused his list to change.
“Well right now my list has changed drastically,” responded Murphy to a message asking what schools he is considering that are actively recruiting him. “I have Kansas State, Florida State, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, Arizona [and] Pittsburgh. Right now I’m leaning towards those schools.”
With another year to go before college, Murphy is in no hurry to decide on a school and has no favorite among the group of schools on his current list. He wants to take his visits and find a school that fits some of the criteria he has found important for making his college pick.
“Well I have a whole other year to make my decision and I really want to go to a college where I will get major playing time, [with a] family-like environment and good area. Murphy then added, with a laugh, “I like hot weather.”
Murphy has not decided on a prep school yet, but he hopes to look into NEPSAC powers such as South Kent and Brewster Academy as well as Hargrave Military Academy. He also plans to consider a school in Georgia, although the name was alluding him at the time of the interview. In any event, he is looking forward to his prep year.
“I’m looking forward to new teammates and new system just to showcase my real skills,” he said.
NBE is looking forward to seeing Kamari Murphy and his Long Island Lightning teammates on the AAU scene this spring and summer. We will certainly report back often on their progress and will definitely keep a close eye on the recruitment of Murphy, who is poised to be one of the more intriguing forward prospects in the Class of 2012.