The Maryland men’s basketball team went out to Las Vegas and dipped into the middle school pool this week, offering a scholarship to rising ninth-grader Tomas Murphy at the Adidas Super 64 tournament during the summer’s final evaluation period.
A 6-foot-7 forward for Mass Rivals 15U, the AAU program that brought up current Maryland forward Evan Smotrycz, Murphy is brothers with current Duke forward Alex Murphy and former Florida forward/Chicago Bulls rookie Erik Murphy. His father, Jay, played for the Washington Bullets from 1986 to 1988 and was coached for two seasons at Boston College by former legendary Terps coach Gary Williams.
According to 247sports.com, this is Coach Mark Turgeon’s first scholarship offer to a class of 2017 member. The Terrapins have extended one scholarship offer to a class of 2016 player, per the recruiting Web site — Massachusetts point guard Mustapha Heron.
An individual with knowledge of the situation confirmed Murphy’s offer, first reported on Twitter by BallasTV. His other high-major offer is from Boston College.
Watch Murphy dominate some other eighth-graders below or in other videos here, because there’s only so much one can write about a middle-schooler at this point: