He’s a Husky!

New England Recruiting Report | Friday, August 12th, 2016

He’s a Husky!

One of the most well-known prospects in New England came off the board on Friday afternoon when Rhode Island native Tomas Murphy made a verbal commitment to Northeastern University.

The pledge is an absolute steal for the Huskies who pick-up a prospect who had previously earned scholarship offers in virtually every high-major conference in the country.

A long-time product of the New England Playaz program, Murphy had a very strong spring season on the Adidas Gauntlet tour but missed the July evaluation period in order to play with Finland's 20-and-under national team during the European Championships.

That distance may have created just the opportunity the Huskies needed to steal him away from higher levels as his commitment comes only days after his return to the states.

The younger brother of Eric and Alex Murphy, Tomas' arrival in the high school ranks was a widely anticipated one and he didn't dissapoint as he put up huge numbers during his freshman season at the Prout School in the RIIL. He has spent the last two years at Northfield Mount Hermon, where he helped the team to a NEPSAC AAA championship this past season, and promises to be part of the foundation for a team that hopes to repeat in 2017.

Murphy is a true rising senior, who hasn't reclassified, and is very much still in the developmental stages of his game as he continues to grow into his body and diversify his offensive arsenal. He's a fundamentally sound forward with good hands and touch around the rim, a high basketball I.Q., increasing shooting range and phenominal energy and enthusiasm.

There's little doubt he'll be an immediate impact player upon reaching Northeastern but then has a chance to grow into a real pillar of their program.

"Tomas has the potential to be an All-CAA player during his career at Northeastern," NMH head coach John Carroll said. "He did his homework by visiting practices, seeing games, being patient and taking his time in bulding relationships with the coaching staff and he sees the opportunity to make an impact on the floor for four years at Northeastern."

He is already the fourth member of NMH's 2017 class to commit to a division I school as he joins Andrew Platek (North Carolina), Kellan Grady (Davidson) and Jerome Desrosiers (Princeton). He is also the fourth member of the Playaz program to earn a full athletic scholarship in the class of 2017 as he joins Grady, Desrosiers and Jordan Mello-Klein (Bentley).