The 6-foot-5 Murphy was a reserve guard for the state semifinalist Shamrocks last season
Trinity High School basketball player Jay Murphy committed to NCAA Division III New York University on Tuesday evening..
The 6-foot-5 Murphy, who was a reserve guard for the state semifinalist Shamrocks last season, took an official visit to NYU two weekends ago and chose the school over scholarship offers from DII Indianapolis and Springhill College. He also had DI interest from Austin Peay, Kennesaw State, Army, Brown and Columbia.
Murphy’s father, Marc, said his son, who has a 3.7 grade-point average, picked NYU because of its academic reputation, vibrant urban campus in Manhattan and basketball schedule that includes games in major cities across the country.
“Jay is a student who’s blessed to be able to play basketball, and that’s kind of how he’s always looked at it,” said Marc Murphy, who’s a political cartoonist for The Courier-Journal. “These are all top students and guys that know that while they may play professional basketball, the main reason they’re in college is to get a degree from this great university.”
Jay Murphy averaged two points and 1.1 rebounds in 24 games last season for Trinity and played a key role on the Louisville Prospects club that finished ninth in the AAU National Championships in July. He is expected to play both guard positions in college with a chance to start as a freshman.
Murphy is the third Trinity senior to commit to play college basketball, following Raymond Spalding (Louisville) and Daniel Ramser (Bellarmine). Jax Levitch, D’Angelo West, Christian Thieneman and Michael Stafford also are college prospects.
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