Jordan Murphy (basketball)

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Jordan Murphy
No. 3 – Minnesota Golden Gophers
Position Forward
League Big Ten Conference
Personal information
Born (1997-02-28) February 28, 1997 (age 21)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school Brennan (San Antonio, Texas)
College Minnesota (2015–present)
Career highlights and awards

Jordan Murphy is a basketball player for the Minnesota Golden Gophers who has completed his junior season for the 2017–18 team. He was a Big Ten All-Freshman selection in 2016 and a Third-team All-Big Ten selection in 2017. He was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2018.

High school

Murphy led his middle school to a 75–0 record.[1] As a senior, he helped William J. Brennan High School post a 31–3 record by averaging 23.6 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game and earned Class 6A All-state recognition as a senior from the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.[2] Murphy committed to play for VCU on November 13, 2014.[3] When VCU head coach Shaka Smart left VCU to coach Texas the following April, Murphy asked his successor Will Wade to be released from his commitment. Wade granted the release. At the time, Murphy already had interest from Oregon, UCLA, Gonzaga, and Miami.[4] Minnesota invited him for a visit on Monday May 11[5], after which he signed with Minnesota that Friday.[6]

College career

Freshman year

As a freshman for the 2015–16 team, he was twice named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the week.[7][8] Murphys 24-point/10-rebound November 30, 2015, double-double against Clemson[9] and his 19-point/17-rebound December 5 double-double against South Dakota[10] were the first back-to-back double-doubles by a Minnesota freshman since Kris Humphries for the 2003–04 Gophers, which earned his first Big Ten Conference Freshman of the week on December 7.[7] No Minnesota freshman had even posted a single double-double since Humphries and the 24 points was the highest total by a Minnesota freshman since Andre Hollins of the 2011–12 Gophers.[11] The December 5 game included a Murphy tip in with 1 second remaining to send the game to overtime.[10] On February 18, Murphy posted 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists against number six ranked Maryland, helping 0–13 Minnesota earn its first conference win[12] and earning his second Big Ten Conference Freshman of the week honor on February 22.[8] Following the 2015–16 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season, he was named to the All-Freshman Big Ten team along with Thomas Bryant, Diamond Stone, Ethan Happ and Caleb Swanigan.[13][14][15]

Sophomore year

As a sophomore, he was Co-Big Ten Player of the Week (along with Derrick Walton) on February 13, 2017,[16][17] following a February 8 25-point/19-rebound/4-block double overtime performance against Iowa[18] and a February 11 17-point/11-rebound effort against Rutgers.[19] After the 2016–17 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season, he was an All-Big Ten Conference third team selection by the Big Ten coaches and media.[20][21][22] The national media recognized him as a second team Associated Press All-Big Ten selection.[23]

Junior year

Although teammates Amir Coffey and Nate Mason were selected preseason All-Big Ten, Murphy was not.[24] However, he was a Karl Malone Award preseason watchlist selectee.[25] Murphy opened the season with a career-high 35 points and added 15 rebounds against USC Upstate.[26] On the strength of 7 consecutive double-doubles for the 2017–18 Minnesota Golden Gophers, he won the first three Big Ten Player of the Week awards (a feat last achieved by Evan Turner in the 2009–10 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season).[27][28][29] On January 6, because of first half foul trouble Murphy needed 9 second-half rebounds including one with 8 seconds remaining against Indiana to tie Tim Duncan's NCAA record for most consecutive double-doubles to start a season (17).[30][31] On January 10, Murphy's streak ended against Northwestern.[32] Following the 2017–18 Big Ten Conference men's basketball regular season, Murphy was named an All-Big Ten second team selection by the media and third team selection by the coaches.[33]

References

  1. ^ Baby, Ben (April 15, 2015). "Murphy does all the little things". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ Baby, Ben (April 4, 2015). "Boys basketball: Brennan's Murphy earns E-N Player of the Year". MySanAntonio.com. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ Morton, Mark (November 13, 2014). "Jordan Murphy Commits to VCU, Rounds Out 2015". VCURamNation.com. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ Baby, Ben (April 9, 2015). "Brennan's Murphy to explore other options". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ Fuller, Marcus (May 11, 2017). "Gophers basketball: Former VCU recruit Jordan Murphy to visit Minnesota on Monday". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Former VCU signee Jordan Murphy commits to Minnesota". Sports Illustrated. May 16, 2015. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Purdue and Minnesota Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Honors: Boilermakers' Hammons named Player of the Week; Gophers' Murphy tabbed Freshman of the Week". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Indiana, Penn State and Minnesota Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Honors: Hoosiers' Williams and Nittany Lions' Taylor named Co-Players of the Week; Gophers' Murphy tabbed Freshman of the Week". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. February 22, 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Murphy leads Minnesota to win over Clemson, 89-83". ESPN. Associated Press. November 30, 2015. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "South Dakota outlasts Minnesota in 2nd OT, 85-81". ESPN. Associated Press. December 5, 2015. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  11. ^ "MURPHY NAMED B1G FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK". GopherSports.com. CBS Interactive. December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Minnesota stuns No. 6 Maryland for 1st Big Ten win of year". ESPN. Associated Press. February 19, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Big Ten Unveils Men's Basketball Postseason Honors on BTN: Michigan State's Valentine named Big Ten Player of the Year". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. March 7, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  14. ^ "MURPHY SELECTED TO BIG TEN ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM". GopherSports.com. CBS Interactive. March 7, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  15. ^ "2015-16 All-Big Ten Men's Basketball Team" (PDF). CSTV.com. March 7, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Michigan, Minnesota and Penn State Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Honors: Wolverines' Walton Jr. and Gophers' Murphy named Co-Players of the Week; Nittany Lions' Stevens claims Freshman of the Week honors". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. February 13, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  17. ^ "MURPHY NAMED CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK". GopherSports.com. CBS Interactive. February 13, 2017. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Murphy-led Minnesota outlasts Iowa 100-89 in 2OT". ESPN. Associated Press. February 9, 2017. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Murphy's has double-double in Minnesota's win". ESPN. Associated Press. February 11, 2017. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Men's Basketball Postseason Honors: Purdue's Swanigan named Big Ten Player of the Year". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. March 6, 2017. Retrieved March 7, 2017. 
  21. ^ "FIVE GOPHERS RECEIVE ALL-BIG TEN HONORS". GopherSports.com. CBS Interactive. March 6, 2017. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  22. ^ "2016-17 All-Big Ten Men's Basketball Team" (PDF). CSTV.com. March 6, 2017. Retrieved March 7, 2017. 
  23. ^ Olson, Eric. "Purdue's Caleb Swanigan named AP Big Ten player of the year". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  24. ^ "Big Ten Official Athletic Site". www.bigten.org. Retrieved 2017-10-19. 
  25. ^ "College basketball: 21 players named to 2018 Karl Malone Award watch list". NCAA.com. 2017-10-19. Retrieved 2017-10-23. 
  26. ^ "Jordan Murphy, No. 15 Minnesota overpower SC Upstate 92-77". ESPN. Associated Press. November 10, 2017. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Iowa and Minnesota Earn First Weekly Men's Basketball Honors: Minnesota's Jordan Murphy earns Player of the Week honors; Hawkeyes' Luka Garza named Freshmen of the Week". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. November 13, 2017. Retrieved November 13, 2017. 
  28. ^ "Maryland, Minnesota Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Honors: Gophers' Jordan Murphy earns Player of the Week honor for a second consecutive week; Terrapins' Darryl Morsell named Freshman of the Week". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. November 20, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Honors: Gophers' Jordan Murphy earns Player of the Week honor for a third consecutive week; Spartans' Jaren Jackson Jr. and Badgers' Brad Davison named Co-Freshmen of the Week". Bigten.org. CBS Interactive. November 27, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Johnson's career day lifts Indiana past Minnesota 75-71". ESPN. Associated Press. January 6, 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2018. 
  31. ^ Fuller, Marcus (January 6, 2018). "Murphy ties Duncan's double-double streak; Coffey won't return from injury soon". Star Tribune. Retrieved January 10, 2018. 
  32. ^ "McIntosh sets assist mark, Northwestern beats Minnesota". ESPN. Associated Press. January 10, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2018. 
  33. ^ "Big Ten Unveils Men's Basketball Postseason Honors on BTN". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 27, 2018. 

External links

  • Minnesota bio
  • ESPN stats
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