Warren Mott’s Derek Murphy Takes Extended Spring Break. Commits to Florida Tech

23 Apr

imagesWarren Mott does not strike the ear as a perineal basketball power on the east side of the state, but with two consecutive years of producing division one players, perhaps something is changing in Marauder land.

Derek Murphy, a 6’5″ senior guard, decided to continue his college career at Florida Institute of Technology, in Melbourne, Florida.

Murphy said he knew the school was right for him when he toured the campus.

“I fell in love with the campus when I visited, ” stated Murphy.  “When I played up and down with them I really felt it was the right place.  Coach Mims is a great coach but a better person, and I feel he will guide me to the next level and help elevate my game.”

Strength is a vital aspect of Murphy’s game.  Derek thrives when attacking defenders downhill to the rim.  So where does his strength come from?

“The weight room and vertimax have been my best friends as I feel I attack the rim aggressively and covert a lot of 3 point plays,” Murphy said.

Murphy established himself as one of the premier players in Macomb Country this past-season, averaging  20 points, 14 rebounds, and five assists per-game despite returning as the team’s lone returning starter.

Derek joins friend and ’14 teammate Kenny Goins to continue their careers on the collegiate level.  Goins eventually walked-on at Michigan State, but when the two played together, Mott enjoyed one of the best seasons in school history, 21-5, and a spot in the Class A quarterfinal.  The team did take a step-back however for Murphy’s final year, 9-12 overall.

“Kenny and I have spent countless numbers in the gym to get where we are today,” Murphy mentioned.  “That has motivated me a lot.  Just to see people that I have personally dominated in games, practices or camps get so much recognition.”

With the high school portion of his career concluded, Murphy can lay claim to calling himself the winningest Marauder in school history.  However, he still plans and strives on doing plenty of winning in college.

“I plan on making a name for myself,” Murphy added of his endeavors at the next-level.  “Be one of the best players to ever come out, win freshman of the year, and become an All-American.”

 

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