#55 Kevin Murphy | G

Hometown: Fairburn, GA         

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 185

Position: Shooting Guard

Team: Tennessee Tech

Class: Senior

Right-handed… Murphy made a name for himself as one of the best scorers in the country as a senior, highlighted by a 50-point performance. Most of his damage is done with his perimeter-oriented game, serving up nearly six attempts from behind the arc a night, and connecting on a high rate of 41.6 percent… There are a few things scouts immediately notice about Murphy- he's 6'6" with good length and smooth, fluid athleticism. He has the physical tools to play at the next level. He has good shooting mechanics and the confidence to compete in the NBA, though his offensive mindset will surely have to change (see below). While Murphy scores (and attempts) most of his buckets off his jumpers, he doesn't take the ball to the rim much, but does effectively utilize a variety of ball fakes and jabs to keep his defender off balance.

Murphy had the offense run through him at Tennessee Tech, putting forth one of the highest usage rates in the country and the 7th highest percentage of possessions ending in a Murphy shot-attempt. He will need to adapt his game to more of a role-playing role if he wants to play at the next level. Most of Murphy's offense come by way of creating in isolation, breaking out in transition or spotting up on the perimeter. Almost three-quarters of all shot attempts are jumpers from the mid-range and further back…. Although Murphy had the ball in his hands a tremendous amount in college, his ball handling is still about par, which when combined with a less than explosive first step, he will have difficulty getting into the lane… At 6'6" and under 190 pounds, Murphy does not have a lot of meat to his frame and displayed some of his struggles when being matched up with a physical defender, often pushing him around.
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