Does anyone know if Alex Murphy is sick or injured?

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  • BlueDevils00 Dec 27, 2012
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    I believe so. I don't think Coach K ever penalizes players for offensive downfalls, but always defense. So yes, I think it is a defensive problem.

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Dec 27, 2012
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    correct me if I am wrong, but the lack of confidence comes on the defensive side of the ball, correct?

  • BlueDevils00 Dec 27, 2012
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    The people I've talked to close, who are close with the program, seem to think it's simply a matter of confidence. Once Alex gets his confidence back, he will see expanded minutes. He has played much better (and more) lately. By March, he should be in the rotation.

    It's not his fault Duke will have two lottery picks at SF and PF next year. Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker would start over 99% of players in college basketball. We're probably looking at 2014 when Amile Jefferson and Alex Murphy are starters.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Dec 26, 2012
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    It's a balancing act for sure but K does it well. Can't please 'em all. With that said, if he transfers, can't blame a guy for wanting to play. It happens.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Dec 26, 2012
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    Yep...from what little I've seen of him, he looks to have good potential. Just needs to get the defensive stuff under control. It's been a very good December with the Devils being #1, the improved play of QC & Mason, navigating the tough schedule early. They're playing very well.

  • MoDuke v2 is gone Dec 26, 2012
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    My biggest concern is that Alex is one of the prototypical transfer candidates. Lots of offensive skills, while lacking on the defensive end, still wanting and feeling they deserve more PT. Next he looks up and Parker and Hood is coming next year, sure to eat up lots of the available minutes along with Amile.

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Dec 26, 2012
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    I agree, because he is such an asset on the offensive end.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Dec 26, 2012
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    Hopefully, that will change in the future.

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Dec 26, 2012
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    Alex Murphy lacks the defensive ability K wants to see. Until he figures out how to play defense to K's liking, he will continue to ride the pine.

  • Toddler10-21 Dec 26, 2012
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    Maybe he isnt as good as advertised.

  • randythorntonv3 Dec 23, 2012
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    So a fan of what team started the thread?

  • Lux Libertas Dec 23, 2012
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    LOL...a thread created about Alex Murphy lasts all of one post until the "Flagship Obsession" creeps in and takes over.

    So typical.

  • seedofdoubt Dec 23, 2012
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    Would like to point out that Cook got few minutes after being hurt and UNABLE to play for an extended period of time. K brought him back slowly. I would suggest this may be the same with Murphy. I would also suggest Murphy didn't play much ball last year since head injuries are dangerous and the healing process is taken carefully and slowly. I can't imagine he was in the gym much, running and jumping and jarring his poor ol' brainbone. Note that Marshall was in a boot again after 2 minutes of play.

  • randythorntonv3 Dec 22, 2012
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    Amazing the inside knowedege you have of both programs. How do you know Roy cares more?

    So If you recruited a kid and he came to your school, got hurt the first year and red shirted and then wasn't as good as the kids in front of him on the roster, you would play him anyway?

    Really?? Do you think that is fair to the kids who are performing better than him and the program?

  • PacknoPride Dec 22, 2012
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    Probably he would be starting but for sure he would be playing more. Roy cares more about his players than his record.

  • randythorntonv3 Dec 22, 2012
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    No kidding, he would be starting At UNCheat with their lack of talent.

  • PacknoPride Dec 22, 2012
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    He only played 3 minutes in Duke's blow out at Elon. He was red shirted last year and is playing spaingly this year. This guy was one of the highest rated players coming out of high school. How can a player of his ability enjoy sitting on the bench?
    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recruiting/player-Alex-Murphy-102115

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