Murphy picks Wofford

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Rob Reischel
Middleton's Storm Murphy will play collegiately at Wofford College./File photo

Sometimes the first option is the best one.

That’s certainly how Storm Murphy felt.

Murphy, a senior-to-be at Middleton High School, gave a verbal commitment on Wednesday to play basketball at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. Murphy attracted interest from several other schools, but Wofford — the first school to offer Murphy a scholarship — made the most sense for Middleton’s standout point guard.

“Wofford was my first Division 1 offer,” Murphy said Thursday afternoon. “They were prioritizing me in their list of recruits, and I just felt very comfortable with everything about the school.”

Murphy will become the third player under 10th-year coach Kevin Bavery to play Division 1 basketball. The others were Will Hudson (Oakland) and Derek Rongstad (UW-Milwaukee).

The 5-foot-11 Murphy, one of the quickest and most dynamic players in the state, was a first-team all-Big Eight Conference selection as a junior last season. Murphy finished second on the Cardinals and sixth in the league in scoring (17.9) and also averaged 4.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 3.3 rebounds per game while shooting 82.0% from the free throw line.

Southern Utah, South Dakota, Drake, Minnesota, Bucknell, Dartmouth, Ball State and Wheaton all showed interest in Murphy, as well. But Wofford was in on the ground floor, and that meant a lot to Murphy.

“Through lots of prayer and trust in God, I was able to feel a lot of peace with Wofford,” Murphy said. “I knew that's where I should go.”

Wofford has been to the NCAA Tournament three times in the last six years, including a loss to Wisconsin in 2010. The national, liberal arts college has approximately 1,600 students.

“I chose Wofford because of the great success the program has had over the years, the level of competition, the opportunity I will have there, the genuine coaching staff, and the feel I got from the school,” Murphy said. “Having a chance of making the big dance every year and playing great competition around country and in the Southern Conference will be great!

“The entire coaching staff at Wofford has been very interactive with my parents, coach Bavery, and myself. They came to each one of my (AAU) games in July, and their sincere interest in me made me feel at home.”

With Murphy’s senior year less than a month away, he was thrilled to make his college choice now, so he can concentrate fully on basketball.

“I was aiming to make my decision before my senior year basketball season started,” he said. “But I am very excited to get to work and prepare for this upcoming season.”

And Middleton is expecting it to be a special season.

The Cardinals return most of the key cogs from last year’s team that went 19-5 and won a share of their first Big Eight Conference title in 15 years.

“This year should be a lot of fun,” Murphy said. “Everyone has high expectations for our team and we can’t wait to step on the court. We are a very talented team. When we focus and put in the hard work, we can make noise. I'm very excited.”


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