Is there an updated status on Alex Murphy for Maui? Do we expect him to get minutes? He could be a great piece in the lineup if healthy...
He did not appear to be even close to going into today's (Tenn) game. However, later at the resort pool he did take a 30 foot shot at the basket mounted in the pool and missed, but Marshall dunked the rebound. Is that helpful??
Has it been definitively established that Alex's playing in the exhibition games will prevent him from redshirting this year? I know this has been mentioned on this board before, but it would be nice to have a 'recruiting class' of Rasheed + Marshall and Alex each with a year of Duke experience under their belts. Add in TP and that's a great Class of 2016.
I still haven't found this applicable clause in the NCAA rule book, though, but that article is from last month.The NCAA allows freshmen to play exhibition games and then spend the rest of the year as a redshirt—but not sophomores, juniors or seniors. The Notre Dame coaches misunderstood the rule and didn’t learn of their mistake until well into Abromaitis’ redshirt season.
I'm not sure how I feel about trusting ESPN as an authority on NCAA redshirting rules though.As a sophomore in 2008-09, Abromaitis played in two exhibition games. He then sat the rest of the exhibition season so Notre Dame could preserve his full year of eligibility, a little loophole coaches happily use for redshirt freshmen frequently. Unfortunately, the NCAA doesn't allow you to pull that move with sophomores, something Notre Dame coach Mike Brey admitted to flat-out flubbing.
Here we go (from MSU's compliance office):
http://www.msu.edu/user/msuncaa/Medi...%20Waivers.pdfPreseason Exhibitions/Preseason Practice Scrimmages During Initial Year: During a
student-athlete's initial year of enrollment at the certifying institution, he or she may
compete in preseason exhibition contests and preseason practice scrimmages (as
permitted in the particular sport per Bylaw 17) without counting such competition as
a season of competition. [188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206.2, 220.127.116.11.3]
NCAA bylaw 18.104.22.168.3 seems to the be the applicable one here.
I really hope we don't redshirt him. First of all, I think we could use him this year - he attacks the basket better than anyone on our team not named Austin Rivers, gives great length at the 3 without being an offensive liability, and is quick. Second, I think it's extremely unlikely he hangs around for a fifth-year; heck, I'll be thrilled if we get four out of him. So, there's not much to gain.
Are we sure that he is completely healthy?
I think right now the game is a little too fast for Alex. He's still at the point (when he was actually playing) where I'm pleasantly surprised when he makes a good play. If he or Mike is gonna break into the rotation, I think it'll be for reasons similar to Elliot Williams' insertion into the starting lineup -- more for defensive purposes because their body types, length, and athletic abilities allow them to guard players that no one else in the rotation can guard.
The only way we'd really want to redshirt him is if he's injured all season, in which case he'll qualify for a medical redshirt.
If the staff had been of the opinion that he wasn't needed or useful on this year's team, he wouldn't have been here a year early.