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The Telegram
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Carson Murphy heading to Herkimer

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  • HERKIMER, N.Y. — One of Herkimer County’s more-heralded recent hoop stars is coming back home.
    Herkimer County Community College coach Matt Lee revealed Monday that 2013 Mohawk graduate Carson Murphy had committed to play for the Generals for the 2014-15 season.
    “We are extremely excited to have Carson in our program,” Lee said. “He is the great example of a student-athlete that Herkimer basketball looks for.”
    Murphy is finishing his freshman year at Division II Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and will be enrolled at Herkimer in the fall. Listed at 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds, he played in 24 of 27 games for the Griffins (10-17) this winter, starting 14. Murphy averaged 4.2 points and 3.7 rebounds at forward for Chestnut Hill and shot .424 from the field.
    “It had nothing to do with basketball,” Murphy said of the decision to change schools. “I guess I wanted to be at home and (Chestnut Hill) wasn’t really for me at all. I met some good people and I don’t regret the decision (to attend Chestnut Hill) at all.
    “Now I’m going home and I’m pumped.”
    He said he decided in mid-January that he wanted to look at other schools. He continued to perform well on the basketball court, scoring 12 points Feb. 1 against Dominican College, one short of his season-high 13 against Philadelphia University in December. He twice led the Griffins in rebounds as a freshman, grabbing six against St. Anselm College at a tournament in Albany and setting a season-high with nine against Post University in February.
    Murphy will now play home games in the gym where he helped Mohawk beat Fabius-Pompey 68-46 in Section III’s Class C-2 championship game two years ago. He scored 24 points in that game then hit for 38 in his final scholastic contest, a 68-65 loss to Class C-1 champion Beaver River in the Carrier Dome.
    The transfer will also reunite Murphy with classmate Mike Santillo, a guard who played on a 27-9 Herkimer squad that reached the NJCAA’s Division III tournament this winter and finished seventh as the region III champion.
    During four varsity seasons at Mohawk, Murphy set school records with 41 points in one game and 1,672 in his career. He averaged 24.9 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.3 steals as a senior and was a first-team all-state selection in Class C by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

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