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    Alex Murphy & U-20 Finnish National Team

    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).

    LINK: http://www.goduke.com//ViewArticle.d...CLID=205424997

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueDevilBrowns View Post
    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).

    LINK: http://www.goduke.com//ViewArticle.d...CLID=205424997
    Sigh. So young, but now he's finnish. Alex, we hardly knew ye.

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    Hopefully, he will not be engaging in any hijinks like this while training:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmBlUb2dcsk
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    This is interesting. Murphy is an Irish name, and so is Finn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarhead View Post
    This is interesting. Murphy is an Irish name, and so is Finn.
    That make him Murphyish and Finnish?

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldPhiKap View Post
    -- not as instant as calling Marty Nessley "The Puma" --
    You mean the guy whose eligibility expired before he could make it back on D?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BD80 View Post
    You mean the guy whose eligibility expired before he could make it back on D?
    I always assumed Marty to be Canadian, what with all the 'lumbering'? At least he didn't foul!

    Ps-mad props to Marty and all his efforts. Much love for the big fella.

    Go Duke!!! Go Blue Devils!!!!! GTHCGTH!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldPhiKap View Post
    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.
    Turned out Marty had more of an NBA experience than his Duke classmate Tommy Amaker, which surprised many.

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roywhite View Post

    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.
    To me he's sort of an unknown. Who's seen him play? Is he any good? Does he have much upside?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hq2 View Post
    To me he's sort of an unknown. Who's seen him play? Is he any good? Does he have much upside?
    We saw him some in the games played last summer in China and Dubai; he looked pretty decent, and apparently has improved through practice and strength training.

    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.

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    It's Finnished.

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    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?

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by awhom111 View Post
    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.

    That could be good news. Alex could get some good PT and gain confidence heading into next season. He's going to have a good freshman season and he's going to get to play on a team that will win an ACC championship next season.

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    Here is an article on the Murphy brothers from FIBA's Europe site. There may be a factual inaccuracy in there somewhere:
    http://www.fibaeurope.com/coid_eyYE0...leMode_on.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by awhom111 View Post
    Here is an article on the Murphy brothers from FIBA's Europe site. There may be a factual inaccuracy in there somewhere:
    http://www.fibaeurope.com/coid_eyYE0...leMode_on.html
    Yeah, just a little one. I'm thinking both Billy Donovan and Leonard Hamilton might be surprised to read that.

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    Google Translate was suprisingly unhelpful with this article:
    http://www.basket.fi/uutiset/?x125758=13379910

    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.

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    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.
    http://www.basket.fi/uutiset/etusivu...33156=13474909

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    Quote Originally Posted by awhom111 View Post
    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.
    http://www.basket.fi/uutiset/etusivu...33156=13474909

    those web-based Finnish-English translators aren't very good.

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