On Friday Morning, the Brooklyn Nets announced that Miami Hurricanes F Kamari Murphy would play on the organization’s Summer League team. Here’s more on this from UM Athletics:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Redshirt senior forward Kamari Murphy of the University of Miami men's basketball team will play in the NBA Summer League with his hometown Brooklyn Nets from July 7-11 in Las Vegas, Nev., the Nets announced Friday morning.
“Kamari Murphy is an outstanding athlete. His intensity to play both individual and team defense along with his outstanding rebounding ability make him a strong candidate to make the Brooklyn Nets roster,” seventh-year head coach Jim Larrañaga said. “He will impress a lot of NBA scouts this summer. We are very excited for him.”
After transferring from Oklahoma State as a junior, Murphy concluded his two-year career with Miami posting 414 points and 432 rebounds.
During his senior campaign, Murphy was one of only two Hurricanes to start all 33 games, averaging 7.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 0.7 blocks, 0.6 assists and 0.4 steals in 29.4 minutes per game. Stepping up on the defensive side of the ball, he led or tied for the team-high in rebounds 21 times and blocked shots 10 times, while recording four double-doubles.
While playing in the second annual Hoophall Invitational against Wofford on Dec. 3 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Murphy tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Hurricanes past the Terriers, 74-57. Following the game Murphy was recognized as the Hoophall Invitational Most Valuable Player after recording his first of four double-doubles last season.
Murphy once again stepped up on the big stage, when he helped lead the Hurricanes past Syracuse at the ACC Tournament, held at the Barclays Center, home of the Nets. Recording his sixth career double-double and fourth of the season, Murphy finished the afternoon with a team-high 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Brooklyn Nets will open Summer League play on Friday, July 7 at 8 p.m., against the Atlanta Hawks. Be sure to catch all the action live on NBA TV.
This is a big move for the Brooklyn-native Murphy. He’s playing for his hometown team, and getting a shot to make an NBA roster.
For Miami Hurricanes hoops, this proves that Coach Larrañaga and staff are very good at player development. Murphy, while flawed, has developed his game greatly in his time at Miami, and that is something that this staff will certainly use as a recruiting tool going forward.