School roundup

Murphy picks Duke

Forward could stay at St. Mark’s

By Anthony Gulizia
Globe Correspondent / February 8, 2011

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Next season, St. Mark’s junior forward Alex Murphy will suit up in blue and white. The question is, will it be for the Lions or the Duke Blue Devils.

Murphy confirmed through his Twitter account yesterday that he has committed to play for the legendary Mike Krzyzewski, the second-winningest men’s coach in Division 1 history.

The South Kingston, R.I., native repeated his freshman year at St. Mark’s after leaving The Prout School in Wakefield, R.I., so he’s eligible to join the Blue Devils in the fall.

St. Mark’s coach Dave Lubick said Murphy’s decision to forgo his senior year is still up in the air.

“We’re very excited to have somebody [at Duke],’’ Lubick said. “This is great for him, first and foremost. He’s a tremendous kid, and it’s a privilege to watch this happen for him.’’

The 6-foot-8-inch forward is averaging 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists for the 16-2 Lions and Lubick said he is eager to see how Murphy will pan out at the next level.

“Time will tell,’’ Lubick said. “It’s an enormous challenge, and to play at the highest level is up to Alex. He’s such a talented kid — he’s got great size, he’s so athletic and has a great knowledge of the game. I know he’ll fit in offensively, but defensively, it’ll be interesting to see where they play him.’’

When asked about Murphy’s sharpest skills, Lubick talked about his transition game, crediting his explosiveness and his sense for the rim. However, he said that Murphy can work on his half-court game.

“His skills are so abundant,’’ he said. “He’s a really good shooter, but he needs to become a great shooter and he’s working really hard to do that.’’

Murphy narrowed his college choices to Duke and Florida, where his older brother Erik plays. He also considered offers from Kansas, Arizona, Kentucky, Boston College, Villanova, West Virginia, and North Carolina.

“There’s a total commitment to winning at Duke,’’ Lubick said. “It’s beyond individual skill and there’s a lot of work to be done [for Alex].’’

Murphy’s family has a rich basketball tradition. His father, Jay, played for BC from 1980-84.

BB&N 55, St. Sebastian’s 53 — Dan Slavin sank a free throw 30 seconds into the game to become the fourth player in BB&N history to score 1,000 career points. Slavin finished with 13 points and seven assists and junior Eric Olson had a team-high 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Phillips Exeter 58, Kimball Union 45 — Senior forward Ryan Kilcullen scored 25 points for Phillips Exeter, sinking 13 of 14 from the free throw line.

Thayer 83, Groton 81 — Sophomore guard Devon Williams collected a team-high 21 points and went 4 of 6 on 3-pointers in the double-overtime win. Sophomore David Caldwell led Groton with 31 points.

King Philip 78, Franklin 75 — In come-from-behind fashion, the Warriors (10-6) pulled out the win behind 6-8 junior guard Jake Layman, who scored 35 points, grabbed 22 rebounds, blocked 7 shots, and dished out 6 assists.

North Shore 67, Minuteman 43 — Senior center Jordan Smith propelled the Bulldogs with 20 points, 15 rebounds, and 11 blocks.

South Boston 82, O’Bryant 54 — The Knights were led by the senior guard combo of Johan Vizcaino (22 points) and Jarris Charles (20 points).

Girls’ basketball Duxbury 60, Hanover 32 — Sophomore center Michela North blocked 22 shots and senior guard Devon Tsinzo hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 25 points for the Green Dragons.

Bishop Feehan 59, Durfee 58 — Junior Lexi Sells totaled 23 points, 8 steals, and 4 blocks to lead the Shamrocks into the state tournament. Senior captain forward Kate Hill scored 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Franklin 65, Attleboro 36 — Katelyn Iafolla scored 12 points and Catie Phelan and Alicia Kutil scored 11 each as the ninth-ranked Panthers rolled to their 14th straight victory.

Fenway 51, Latin Academy 39 — Sophomore Tajanay Veiga-Lee had 12 points, 15 rebounds, and 11 assists as the Panthers improved to 9-0 in the Boston City League.

Revere 66, Medford 54 — Senior forward Morgan Jenkins had 17 points and 21 rebounds, her 14th double-double in 15 games for the No. 8 Patriots (15-0).

Weston 51, Tyngsboro 49 — Sophomore forward Saliah Serrette had 19 points, 20 rebounds, 5 steals, and 2 blocks for the visiting Wildcats (10-6).

Boys’ hockey Malden Catholic 10, Bishop Guertin (N.H.) 3 — The top-ranked Lancers were led by Mike Vecchione (four goals) and Nick Roberto (three goals).

Girls’ hockey Stoneham 6, Burlington 2 — Danielle Phalon piled up five goals and an assist, reaching 100 career points.