The Murphys In The Frame For Finland

21 May 2012

Alex James Murphy - Duke University
The 2.04 Alex Murphy will be a great addition to the Finnish U20 national team as they try to earn promotion to Division A this summer (photo: Jon Gardiner/Duke Photography)

Alex James Murphy had basketball in his future from the moment he arrived in this world.

He is the son of a four-year standout at Boston College from 1980-84, Jay Murphy, who also played several years in the NBA.

Alex's mother competed at a high level in Europe as well. Paivi Murphy played basketball in both her native Finland and in Sweden.

Finland, who have had a resurgence in the sport the past few years under coach Henrik Dettmann, are well aware of the players that might be able to help them one day and Alex is certainly one of them.

He just spent his first year at Duke University after being recruited by American coaching legend Mike Krzyzewski, the boss of the United States Olympic team.

Now he plans to be in the Finland squad for the U20 European Championship Division B.

"When I was young, we used to go over to Finland all the time," Murphy, who turns 19 in June, said on the Duke University website.

"That's where my mom's family lives, so that's a big reason why I'm excited to go over there now. I'll get to see a lot of my family when I go over there this summer."

Dettmann is enthusiastic about Murphy joining the Finnish basketball family.

"We are obviously excited to have talent of Alex's caliber as a part of our national team program," the Finnish coach said.

Finland Head Coach Henrik Dettmann
Finland senior national team coach Henrik Dettmann is pleased that Murphy "recognizes his roots and is ready to represent his mother's native country."

"Of course, we are also pleased that Alex recognizes his roots and is ready to represent his mother's native country."

Dettmann has been in contact with the Murphy family for several years.

"This is a situation where all parties benefit in the long run," he said.

"Alex will have contact with international basketball and he'll be able to develop himself in different kind of environment.

"These possibilities are very well understood and valued at Duke."

Alex is not the only Murphy, in fact, that Dettmann is keeping tabs on.

His brother, Erik, plays at Florida State and also has the possibility of representing Finland in the years ahead.

"The possibility of Erik Murphy joining our program, too, has been a subject of discussions, but at least this summer his studies did not allow it," Dettmann said.


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