Archive for Saturday, April 7, 2012

Colin Murphy makes appearance in all-star game as college choice nears

April 7, 2012, 5:02 p.m.

Updated: April 12, 2012, 12:00 a.m.

— Friday’s HyVee/ Pepsi High School All-Star Challenge featured the best basketball players Missouri and Kansas had to offer, which helped Basehor-Linwood’s Colin Murphy see a glimpse of what is to come at the college level.

“The speed of this game was a little faster than high school,” he said, “so it will be an adjusting factor for next year.”

The game, which took place at Shawnee Mission South, had plenty of entertainment given the amount of incredible dunks, distant threes and wild layups. Kansas’ Benny Parker from Sumner Academy led the show with 20 points, in Kansas’ 119-91 victory, showcasing his speed, shooting range and pure athleticism.

With 22 seconds left in the game, almost all 24 players in the game had scored. The only one who hadn’t gotten on the board was Murphy, until he found himself at the free throw line. He missed the first but made the second, finishing with one point and five rebounds in 18 minutes.

His twin brother, Ryan, was in the stands Friday, and judging by their senior season, either one of them could have been playing in this game.

“I would have rather had him on the team than me,” Colin said. “I think he played better at the end of the season.”

This game was mostly about having fun and a little bit about showing recruits what he could do.

Murphy said after the game that he had yet to decide on a school, but enjoyed having the chance to play alongside Division I level competition. He is looking at schools around the area, trying to find out what schools want him and which will provide playing time.

Until he makes his decision, he is going to keep shooting and lifting weights and soaking in his last months as a Bobcat.

“My teammates got me into this game,” Murphy said. “Our team played well, so that’s why I’m on this team.”

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