Found this article today and thought it contained some interesting stuff regarding Alex. Nice to see him getting some extra work in as I believe he'll be one of the two keys to just how successful Duke will be next year(the other key being finding a singular leader/starter at the PG spot).
Hopefully, he will not be engaging in any hijinks like this while training:
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This is interesting. Murphy is an Irish name, and so is Finn.
He shall now be known as "The Suomi Tsunami"
It will take awhile to catch on -- not as instant as calling Marty Nessley "The Puma" -- but it will build slowly and powerfully.
"What, me worry?" -- Roy Williams
Marty appeared in 40-some NBA games during one season; Tommy didn't survive the Sonics' training camp.
Don't want to slight the subject of this thread.....glad to see Alex get this international experience; he can be a very important player for Duke next season.
I've mentioned this before, but Alex was the subject of a feature story on one of the Duke Basketball with Coach K TV shows.
Coach K said that Alex could be a 4-year starter and could challenge for All-Conference honors. Sounded pretty positive to me.
Alex is going to play a few games with the Fins?
I guess he really has bulked up. Still, he's not bulked up enough to play tight end has he?
To turn the discussion serious again, for those curious, Finland are in the Division B of the European U20 Championships so they are competing against some of the weaker youth teams of Europe and not the big countries. They are in a group with the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Switzerland. If they were to reach the final of the tournament, then they would be qualified for Division A of next year's tournament.
Google Translate was suprisingly unhelpful with this article:
Is anyone here fluent in Finnish?
It appears that Alex will not be available for this week's games between Finland U20s and the other Nordic countries (I am trying to be careful as both Finns and Scandinavians can get offended by lumping Finland in with Norway, Denmark, and Sweden).
The team still has a set of friendly games next week before the B Division European U20 Championships in July.
Here is another article from the Finnish Basketball website that appears to state that Alex is set to make his debut tomorrow against Estonia's U20 team. Running the article through a translator is helpful for all of us who cannot read Finnish.