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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.”


Breslin Bound

19 Mar

Calihan-HallCalihan Hall on the campus of University of Detroit Mercy was the site where two Metro Detroit schools punched their tickets to play one another on Friday at the Breslin Center.  University of Detroit Jesuit defeated Romulus 54-53, while Bloomfield Hills Hills bettered the Marauders of Warren Mott 74-68.

Bloomfield Hills 74 Warren Mott 68

In the first game of the day, Bloomfield Hills, in their first year of existence after Lahser and Andover High Schools merged over the Summer, proved to be a team when one man goes down, another steps up.  In the absence of Kahlil Gracey for still undiscovered reasons, senior Yante Maten led Bloomfield Hills with a game high 31 points and 17 rebounds.  The Blackhawks built their largest lead over Mott in the second quarter, a 32-22 advantage with 2:40 before halftime.  Mott was able to respond with a 10-0 run by themselves to knot the game at 32-32 heading into the locker room. After a back in forth third quarter which saw Bloomfield Hills never trail, the Blackhawks held a 4 points advantage at the end of the third.  Senior Kenny Goins was the go to man all game long for Mott, his and-one put back for Mott with 5:55 left gave the Marauders a 58-55 lead.  However, the lead would be short lived as on the next possession for Bloomfield Hills, junior Cameron Dalton nailed an and-one three pointer to give the Blackhawks the lead they would never relinquish the rest of the game.  Combined with questionable shot selection and turnovers on the offensive end of the floor for Mott, Bloomfield Hills was able to put the game away at the free-throw line and earn a trip to the Breslin Center.

Cameron Dalton chipped in with 15 points for Bloomfield Hills, while senior point guard Armand Cartwright had 15 points as well for the Blackhawks.  For the Marauders, Kenny Goins finished his high school career out strong with a 25 point performance to go along with 15 rebounds.  Fellow senior Vondale Kelley had 15 points, and junior guard Derek Murphy added 14 points for the Marauders.

University of Detroit Jesuit 54 Romulus 53

The Cubs of University of Detroit Jesuit finished their regular season with a win over the defending Class A state champion Eagles on February 25th with a 67-57 victory, and proved the state quarterfinal game would be no different.  Leading by one with 17.5 seconds left, Romulus rebounded an U of D miss and called timeout looking for one last chance to save their season.  The first shot on their last possession resulted in a contested three pointer by junior Jaylin Walker in the right corner, Romulus was able to get a a second rebound with roughly two seconds left, but Kris Clyburn’s fade away two missed the rim, earning the Cubs the first trip to the Breslin Center in the school’s history.

U of D has now won their last three playoff games by a combined four points, vs. Southeastern 47-45, a 52-51 decision vs. Cass Tech, and another one point contest vs. Romulus.

Sophomore Cassius Winston scored 11 points, hauled in 10 rebounds, and dished out five assists for the Cubs.  Noah King added 11 points and four rebounds for the Cubs, while junior Gary Collins added 10 points off the bench for U of D.

Romulus was led by Tyron Hamby with 15 points, fellow senior Deonte Bell chipped in with 10 points, and junior Jaylin Walker scored 13 points and 14 rebounds.

U of D will now play Bloomfield Hills on Friday at Michigan State’s Breslin Center.

Warren Mott Cruises Past Grosse Pointe North 88-72

14 Feb

UnknownBehind strong performances from seniors Kenny Goins and Stef Johnson, as well as junior Derek Murphy, the Warren Mott Marauders were able to run past Grosse Pointe North 88-72 to improve their record to 10-5 overall, with a 7-2 record in the MAC White division.

With regular starters wing Derek Murphy and power forward/center Kenny Goins not starting for Mott, senior combo guard Stef Johnson came out hot for the Marauders, scoring 10 points in the opening 8 minutes of the game to give Mott a 31-20 advantage after one.

“Stef set the tone,” Derek Murphy had to say, “he knew his situation without me or Kenny out there, and he held it down.”

Once Mott returned to full strength in the second quarter, with Murphy slashing to the basket, and Kenny Goins dominating the paint, running the floor, and controlling the boards, the Marauders built up their largest lead of the game at 49-28 with one half of the game left.

North came out strong in the third quarter trailing only by 13 with 4:31 left in the period with senior forward Justin Kennedy doing all he could to match Goins down low on the block.  Kennedy had his moments throughout the game, he has a nice back to the basket style of play, and can score on either side of the basket.

However, Mott opened the floodgates in the fourth, and took the starters out with 4:34 remaining in the contest and coasted for the easy victory.

Goins finished with a double-double for Mott with 27 points and 18 rebounds, Derek Murphy had 24 points, and Stef Johnson contributed with 15 points of his own.

Kennedy finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds for North.

“I feel that we have the tools to be a top contender in the state,” Murphy noted, “but it’s going to have to start with our leaders.  Intensity is key.  We must play 32 minutes every night!”

Warren Mott Junior Derek Murphy Off to a Strong Start

3 Jan

Derek-Murphy-inlineWarren Mott has been known for football over the past few years, but don’t tell that to junior small forward Derek Murphy.  Murphy so far this season has started out his 11th grade campaign with already two 30 point plus games, one coming against Detroit Osborn and the other one against North Farmington at the Motor City Roundball Classic.  Derek has come along way from the summer time, after suffering a back injury and missing more than half of the AAU circuit, Derek gained 15 pounds of muscle, which has helped develop his overall game.

“I gained 15 pounds of muscle over the summer and worked on my own now, I play more over the rim and also my pull-up jumper has really improved.”

Derek is certainly an underrated name in a talent rich region such as the Metro Detroit area.  With small forwards in his class including Xavier Cochran (Ann Arbor Huron), Josh Davis (Henry Ford), and Jeron Rogers (North Farmington), it is hard for a wing to make a name of himself.  But for Derek, he uses it as motivation to only prove the naysayers wrong.

“I actually like it (Being underrated),” Derek went onto say, “It motivates me to play that much harder.  Especially when I play players ranked over me, I try to out-do them in every aspect of the game, including work ethic, defensive intensity, and overall stats.”

As far as an individual skill set, Murphy is a matchup nightmare.  He is too big for smaller point guards, but to quick and agile for taller forwards.  He can get to the foul line at will, and is a force to be reckoned with on the perimeter, where he is shooting over 40% from behind the arch.

“I’m a physical player, I play the wing guard mostly and shine at the point guard position,” the 6’5″ 190 pound Murphy said, “Opponents start a bigger guy on me and I get to the basket every time.  Then they switch and put a smaller guard on me and I shoot right over the top.”

It’s still early in Derek’s recruiting situation, but after putting up multiple 30 plus point games against quality competition, how can it not rise.  With a handful of D2 and low D1 school at the Motor City Roundball Classic, interest in the Mott junior is beginning to rise.

“It’s (Recruiting) been picking up over the last week.  Strong interest from Wayne State, Lake Superior State, and Ferris State,” Derek said, “As far as D1 schools, Dartmouth, St. Peters, and Bowling Green have reached out.”

Warren Mott is off to a sluggish 2-2 start on the early season.  However, expectations are high for this team.  With seniors Kenny Goins and Stef Johnson on the squad, there is no reason this Marauder team can’t make noise come playoff time come March.  The trio have goals they want  to accomplish, and will not lay down lightly for teams standing in their way.

“Us three are definitely the three main contributors, on and off the court we are brothers,” said the junior, “for us to be successful, we must perform.  “The main goal is to lead the team to at least a district championship, I believe if we play to our best ability, we can be dangerous and make it far.”

Don’t believe that this strong start for Derek is a fluke and will fade away towards the middle of the season.  Murphy is motivated this year, not only to prove doubters wrong, but to play the game he loves, the sport of basketball.

“The fact that I didn’t really have an AAU season and my games are dwindling,” Murphy credits his early season success on, “so every game, I play it like it’s my last.”

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