Tue, Jun. 5, 2012 - [Men's Basketball]
DEARBORN, Mich. - The
University of Michigan-Dearborn has announced the signing of 6'5 wing Eric
Murphy of Southfield Bradford Academy.
Murphy is considered by many to be a steal for second year coach John
Mackson's latest recruiting class. Murphy entered the season ranked the No.5
Wing/Forward by Prep Spotlight in the state of Michigan, and was ranked No. 24
in the FAB 50. He averaged 21 points, 10
rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals per game during his senior campaign. This earned him Class C 1st Team
All-State honors from Bankhoops.com and 4th team All-State honors
from the Detroit Free Press. Eric was a
1st Team Selection for All-Conference in the Charter School League
during both his junior and senior seasons.
Murphy is sure to ease the Wolves concerns on the
glass. Last year the Wolves finished
last in the WHAC in rebounding differential, a statistic that Murphy is sure to
impact with his size and athleticism.
Murphy is the 4th high school senior to join U of M
Dearborn's basketball team. He is
expected to make an impact in the Wolves line up right away. The signing of Eric to a letter of intent
serves notice to the rest of the league that the Wolves coaches are out working
hard on the recruiting trail. Eric is
excited about the potential he has to help this struggling program. "I want to be part of helping the coaches and
these players turn things around and start to build a legacy at U of M
Dearborn," Murphy stated.
Murphy played AAU basketball for the Motor City Magic. Eric is the son of Eric and Akeya Murphy of
MACKSON ON MURPHY: "Eric
has the potential to be a great player at this level. He has the ability to be a difference
maker. The sky is the limit for him. If he comes in focused and ready to devote
his time and energy to the game of basketball there is no telling where it can
take him. He is definitely the most
athletic person on our roster right now.
When he gets the strength to go with the athleticism he will be one of
the best 2 or 3 athletes in our league.
Having Eric on board is important because it shows us that others
outside of the program recognize that U of M Dearborn is a great place to go to
school, and that it can be a great place to play basketball as well."