Duke basketball's Alex Murphy to transfer

lkeeley@newsobserver.comDecember 5, 2013 

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Duke guard Tyler Thornton (3) slaps the ball away from Davidson forward De'Mon Brooks (24) as teammate Duke forward Alex Murphy (12) blocks the lane.

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Duke redshirt sophomore Alex Murphy has decided to transfer at the end of the semester, according to a source close to the situation.

Murphy has appeared in five of Duke’s nine games this season, averaging 6.6 minutes and one point and rebound per game. He did not play in Duke’s most recent game against Michigan.

Murphy was a 4-star recruit in the class of 2011 from Saint Mark's School in South Kingstown, R.I. After redshirting, he played sparingly last year, averaging 2.1 points and one rebound in 6.3 minutes per game. Expectations were high for Murphy entering the 2012-13 season, as he started both exhibition games before being permanently scratched from the starting lineup.

Duke forwards Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker both average over 30 minutes at the position Murphy would play. The Blue Devils are also set to bring in the No. 1 recruiting class, which contains forward Justise Winslow.

The Duke academic semester ends Dec. 15, and the Blue Devils’ next game is Dec. 16, against Gardner-Webb. Barring a transfer waiver, because he has already redshirted, Murphy will be eligible to play the second semester of the 2014-15 season and all of the 2015-16 season before he uses all of his eligibility.

Duke spokesman Matt Plizga said the school had no comment at this time.

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