With a smooth outside shot and the ability to rebound and score in the paint, Klein Collins and Houston Hoops forward Montavious Murphy is stirring up interest from big-name basketball programs this summer.
VCU and Houston are the latest to join Texas A&M in the pursuit of Murphy’s services with both programs offering him scholarships in the last week. Several other schools have expressed their intent to scout the 6’8 forward in the coming months, including Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas State, Purdue, Tulsa, SFA, TCU and Louisiana Lafayette.
Murphy, an established perimeter threat, said he started getting the Division I attention when he added different components to his game.
“My versatility and my rebounding really helped,” the incoming junior said. “Ever since I was little, I’ve been a shooter. Just like, get in the corner and shoot the ball. I’ve changed my game a lot. From rebounding to attacking the basket, to getting double-doubles. That’s why I feel that coaches have came out and called me these past few days.”
A regular student of the game, Murphy said his decision to focus on improving other areas came from watching one of the NBA’s best do the same.
“I looked at other people, and I saw that people change their games,” he said. “Like Kawhi Leonard, how he changed his game from just mainly a defensive player and just how he shoots the ball so well. I try to model my game after him a little.”
Named to District 16-5A’s Second Team, Murphy led Klein Collins to a playoff appearance, where their season was cut short in a loss to Dekaney in the first round. This summer, Murphy is playing with Houston Hoops’ 16U team and spending extra time in the gym.
“Every day, I’ve been in the gym with a basketball trainer in the morning,” he said. “In the afternoons, I go with my trainer and we work in the weight room and lift. I’m mainly just trying to get stronger every day.”
As he continues to get stronger and develop other parts of his game, Murphy will certainly add more high-major offers to his collection. It’s still relatively early in his recruiting process and Murphy remains an unknown prospect to many, but schools are going to want to get on his radar now before he rises into the national spotlight.