2003-04-26 / Sports

Murphy Learns On And Off The Court

By Elio Velez
Murphy Learns On And Off The Court By Elio Velez

For Rockaway local Taylor Murphy, his freshman year at Monroe Junior College is a learning experience. The former John Adams basketball star got a rude awakening in not only the facets of the game but in life as well.

The Murphy is a 6’6,230 pound chiseled forward who was a force on the boards and scoring inside for Adams in his junior and senior seasons. Taylor’s game was solid but he soon discovered that college recruiters wouldn’t stay to look at him during ballgames. Taylor eventually found out that because of his low grades, Division I colleges would not seriously look at him.

Monroe Junior College in the Bronx and New Rochelle would have to be the start for Murphy to attain his basketball goals. "I felt comfortable when I went to Monroe and I knew that they had a lot of players who went to college and the pros", Murphy said.

Murphy joined a Mustangs team that was very talented and that meant he had to sit on the bench for most games. Jeff Brustad, Mustang head coach, saw Murphy improve his game in practice. Murphy started one game at the end of the season and broke out with a 17 point, 20 rebound performance. "Rebounding is the key to my game", Murphy says. At the academics side, Murphy averages a solid 3.1 GPA, which was the result of spending just as much time on the books as on the court

Playing in the NCAA Junior College championships, the 28-2 Mustangs played in Kansas in front of a crowd of 8,000. "It was the best part of my career". Monroe was eliminated and Murphy had to get to work to improve his game even further.

I’ve played the four or the five position (power forward and center) and at 6’6, I ‘m going to have to play against guys eventually who are small forwards", says Murphy. Murphy will attend basketball camps and play in the Rucker league during the summer. Murphy gives credit to coach Jim Walsh for his continuing development, which will get him to the next level.

Murphy is confident that his game and his attitude will land him at a college "I want to be a part of a college program and help the team win".

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