Minnesota 83 Oklahoma State 76
It was fitting that last night one of our more distinguished D1 Nation Alumni had the stage to himself as he continues to carve out his legacy in college basketball annals.
Senior Jordan Murphy (San Antonio, TX) tied the school record with 51 double doubles for the Minnesota Gophers in the win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
He's a machine and I'm betting he'll break that record next time out. Lat year he tied Tim Duncan's record for continuous games in a row. It's hard to conceive the effort and consistency required to battle game in and game out to produce stat lines like that. One more to go, My Man!
I'll never forget some of the basketball know it alls in San Antonio snickering when they heard he was committing to the Gophers after his storied senior career at San Antonio Brennan. After the fiasco with VCU which caused his late de-commitment, we had little time to find him the right fit.
However, we were a tight crew at the D1 Nation and we discussed the late opportunities at length between Myself, Brennan Coach Tommy Hines and the Murphy Family. Jordan took a visit to UNLV and liked it. The other intriguing late call was received from Minnesota. Mrs Murphy asked my opinion and I told her I trusted then Assistant Coach Ben Johnson from placing a player, Deon Mitchell with him prior while he was at Northern Iowa and that worked out well for him. This is a business of relationships and trust.
Coach Johnson put me on the phone with Coach Pitino about his plans in the Big 10 and how he planned on using Jordan. I personally felt confident after the call that Jordan would get plenty of opportunity as a true freshman. His subsequent play took care of all that. Doesn't look like to shabby a choice now, does it? I'm extremely happy for Jordan, His family and Coach Hines. I really appreciate the trust they put in me and the insight I provided. After that it was their choice.
God willing he will hear his name called on NBA draft day this coming June. Although he's not shaped like Charles Barkley, he's similar in that he's 6'6" and is a overachieving rebounder with nose for the ball. His face up game and range on his shot will determine his draft status. If I know Murph, he won't read this, he won't care. He'll just keep bringing his lunch pail, going to work and then he'll eat your lunch too.