Eady, Murphy named first-team all-Big 8

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Rob Reischel
Middleton senior forward Tyree Eady (left) and senior point guard Storm Murphy (right) were both named first-team all-Big Eight Conference./Photo submitted

Middleton senior forward Tyree Eady and senior point guard Storm Murphy were both voted first-team all-Big Eight Conference during a meeting of the league’s coaches Monday night. It marked the second straight year that Eady and Murphy were named first-team all-conference.

The Cardinals’ dynamic duo were joined on the first team by Madison Memorial senior center Chris Knight, Madison East junior forward Keshawn Justice, Madison West senior guard Terrell Carey and Sun Prairie junior guard Marlon Ruffin.

Knight was named the conference’s Player of the Year and Sun Prairie’s Jeff Boos was named the league’s Coach of the Year. Middleton’s Eady finished second in Player of the Year voting.

“He and Storm split too many votes or I think he’s Player of the Year,” Middleton coach Kevin Bavery said of Eady. “But, of course, Chris Knight is a great player as well.” 

There was a three-way tie for the final two spots on the first team. So league bylaws state that instead of conducting another vote to break the tie, all six players remain first-team selections and just four players are named to the third team.

The second-team consisted of senior guard San’Trell Payton and senior center Adam Anhold of Janesville Craig, Beloit Memorial senior forward Anthony Johnson, Madison East senior forward Steve Wooten and Madison Memorial senior forward Matt Caropreso.

The third team included senior guards Jaquan Pegeese and Drew Freitag of Beloit Memorial, Verona senior guard Nathaniel Buss and Madison Memorial senior forward Jake Ferguson.

Eady, a North Dakota State recruit, leads the Big Eight in scoring at 22.6 points per game. Eady has shot 54.2% from the field this year (168-of-310) and 77.7% from the free throw line (115-of-148).

Eady also averages 5.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game. Eady has also scored 1,275 career points, which is believed to be the most in school history.

“Tyree is a complete scorer,” Bavery said. “He can shoot the three, get to the rim and get to the free throw line.

“Sometimes people say 'natural scorer', but there's no such thing. No one becomes a great scorer without putting in an extraordinary amount of time and effort.”

Murphy, a Wofford College recruit, is averaging 19.9 points per game, which is the third-highest total in the conference. Murphy also averages a team-high 4.8 assists per game. In addition, Murphy is averaging 2.0 steals and 2.9 rebounds per game, has shot 76.7% from the free throw line and 40.6% on three-pointers (58-of-143).

Murphy also eclipsed the 1,000-point barrier for his career in the Cardinals’ regular season finale and currently sits at 1,029 points.

“Storm has an amazing skill set and probably has the most passion of any player I've ever had,” Bavery said. “Sometimes that passion gets him in a little trouble on the court so we have to reel it in, but it comes from a place of loving the game and loving to compete.”

Middleton senior guard C.J. Fermanich was also recognized, earning honorable-mention all-conference honors. 


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