Murphy picks Virginia Tech

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Rob Reischel
Former Middleton High School standout Storm Murphy is transferring from Wofford to Virginia Tech.

Storm Murphy, a 2017 Middleton High School graduate, has decided to join the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team as a graduate transfer.

Murphy, a point guard, spent the last four seasons at Wofford and earned All-Southern Conference first-team honors as a senior this year.

The NCAA Division I Council has given all winter-sports athletes in this school year an additional year of eligibility because of the coronavirus pandemic. Murphy elected to play his final season for Virginia Tech and coach Mike Young, who was his coach for two years at Wofford.

“I’m really pumped about it,” Murphy told the Roanoke Times (Va.). “Watching a lot of VT games, I think I’ll be able to fit right in.”

Murphy said Wisconsin, Baylor, Colorado and Missouri all reached out to him last week. But playing for Young a second time appealed to Murphy.

“I know what I’m getting with him,” Murphy said. “I know the offense.

“Coach has been a huge influence for me, not only as a basketball player but as a person. I tried to play as an extension of him on the floor, … to lead the team. I know the way he coaches and the way he pumps his players up, takes care of them and teaches them.”

Murphy ranked fourth in the Southern Conference in scoring this year (17.8 ppg) and second in assists (4.3 apg).

At Middleton, Murphy finished second in the Big Eight in scoring as a junior with 18.4 points per game. He also led the Cardinals in assists (4.4) and was second in steals (2.0). 

As a senior, Murphy averaged 19.9 points per game, which ranked third in the conference. Murphy also led Middleton in assists (4.8) and added 2.0 steals per game.

Middleton went 55-18 overall and 40-14 in the Big Eight during Murphy’s three seasons on varsity. The Cardinals captured a share of the conference title when Murphy was a junior and were third his other two years.

“I've only had one other player with the same effervescent, unabashed love of the game, and that was Shaka Smart,” Middleton coach Kevin Bavery said of Murphy. “Practice was his game day and he always brought a consistent high level of energy and enthusiasm with him every day.”

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