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Height: 6'8"
Weight: 220
Year: Redshirt Freshman
City/State: Wakefield, R.I.
High School: South Kingstown


  • An outstanding wing athlete with range out to the three-point line ... at his best when filling the lane on the break or attacking the offensive glass
  • Strong basketball IQ with a well-rounded skill set
  • Has steadily improved on his strength and conditioning since arriving in Durham ... has added 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason
  • Continues to work on his shooting stroke as well as his ability to create off the dribble
  • Has the length, quickness and instincts to be a strong wing defender ... added strength will allow him to better defend in the paint
  • Up-tempo style should suit his skill set and put him in position to be a significant rotation player in 2013-14
  • Added aggressiveness and confidence will lead to excellent production as a scorer, rebounder and defender

  • Averaged 2.1 points and 1.0 rebounds in 31 games ... shot 49.1 percent (27-of-55) from the field
  • Converted the first three-point play of his career against Virginia Tech (2/21) ... scored six consecutive points by converting the three-point play and hitting a three-pointer
  • Recorded his first dunk as a Blue Devil in a win over N.C. State (2/7)
  • Turned in double-digit scoring for the second time in his career against Miami (1/23) ... totaled 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field while also pulling down five rebounds
  • Scored two points and pulled down one rebound over five minutes against Clemson (1/8)
  • Sank 2-of-2 field goals to score four points in eight minutes of action in the ACC opener against Wake Forest (1/5)
  • Totaled seven points, three rebounds, one block and one steal in a win over Cornell (12/19) ... hit a trey for the third consecutive contest
  • Shot 2-of-4 from the field to finish with five points in five minutes of action against Temple (12/8)
  • Scored the first points of his career with a 10-point performance against Delaware (12/1) ... also recorded the first made field goal, made three-point field goal, made free throw and steal of his Duke career in a season-high 21 minutes of play ... added seven rebounds, a block and a steal in the win
  • Recorded the first block of his career in the Battle 4 Atlantis title game against No. 2 Louisville (11/24) ... also grabbed a defensive rebound in the win
  • Grabbed two rebounds in six minutes of action against Florida Gulf Coast (11/18)
  • Came off the bench to play two minutes against No. 3 Kentucky in his Duke debut (11/13)

  • Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll
  • Redshirted and did not see game action
  • Played in all three of Duke’s international games versus the Chinese National Team and the exhibition versus United Arab Emirates ... averaged 4.3 points per game while shooting .500 (8-of-16) from the floor
  • Also played in Duke’s exhibition contests versus Bellarmine and Shaw, drawing the start against Bellarmine ... hit is only shot — a three-pointer — against Shaw for three points

International Basketball
  • Played for the U-20 Finnish National Team in the 2012 FIBA U-20 World Championships
  • Finished as the team’s leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker ... averaged 17.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.1 steals per game
  • Ranked among the tournament’s top 10 in points per game (8th), field goals made (4th), two-point field goals made (3rd) and blocks per game (9th)
  • Ended the tournament in dominant fashion, scoring 30 points versus Poland and 29 versus Belgium
  • Helped Finland place eighth out of 18 competing teams at the tournament, earning the team the chance to move to the A Division in 2013

High School
  • Three-year letterwinner at St. Mark’s
  • Reclassified from the class of 2012 to bypass his final year of high school basketball and become a member of Duke’s 2011 recruiting class
  • Transferred back to South Kingstown High School to complete his degree requirements to attend Duke after his junior year
  • Named Independent School League Player of the Year as a junior after leading St. Marks to a 28-3 overall record
  • Averaged 21.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in 2011
  • Posted 27 points and 15 rebounds in a double-overtime win over Northfield Mount Hermon
  • Recorded 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals to lead St. Marks to a win in the Annual National Prep School Invitational over Christian Faith
  • Had 18 points and 17 rebounds in a 91-74 win over Lee Academy at the National Prep Showcase
  • Awarded first team All-ISL honors as a sophomore & junior
  • Selected to play in the fifth annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 game prior to his junior season, joining future Duke teammates Austin Rivers, Quinn Cook and Michael Gbinije … scored nine points in the contest
  • Named to the adidas Nation’s 2012 team during his sophomore season
  • Helped lead St. Marks to a NEPSAC Class C Championship as a freshman
  • Ranked in the top 50 by (No. 37), ESPNU 100 (No. 40) and (No. 45)
  • Ranked 49th by the recruiting Services Consensus Index
  • Played AAU basketball for the New England Playaz … helped the team to a championship at the 2010 West Virginia Jam Fest

  • Born Alex James Murphy on June 3, 1993
  • Son of Jay and Paivi Murphy
  • Father, Jay, played basketball for Boston College from 1980-1984 ...  averaged 14.6 points per game for his career while leading the Eagles to three NCAA Tournaments - two Sweet 16s and one Elite Eight - and one NIT appearance ... he was a three-time Big East honoree and ranks sixth on the school's career scoring list (1,795 points) and seventh on the career rebounding list (763 rebounds) … selected in the second round (31st pick overall) of the 1984 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors and immediately traded to the Los Angeles Clippers … signed as a free agent with the Washington Bullets in 1986 and played three seasons in Washington ... also played in the USBL for Springfield Fame (1985-86) as well as in Europe notably in France and Italy before finally retiring in 1995  ... . inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999
  • Mother, Paivi, played professional basketball in Sweden ... was a member of the Finnish National Team from 1988-1994
  • Has two brothers, Erik and Tomas
  • Older brother, Erik, was a second round pick by the Chicago Bulls in the 2013 NBA Draft
  • Gained membership into National Honor Society while maintaining honor roll status at South Kingstown High School
  • Favorite athlete is Kevin Durant
  • Played soccer growing up, excelling as a goalie
  • Also enjoys fishing, watching movies and spending time with friends
  • Works out in the offseason with former NBA player Chris Herren
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