Both of Miami’s departing seniors will have a shot to make an NBA roster.
The morning after Davon Reed was drafted 32nd overall by the Phoenix Suns, his former Hurricanes teammate Kamari Murphy signed a summer-league deal with his hometown Brooklyn Nets.
Murphy, who played at the borough’s storied Lincoln High School, will play for the Nets in July 7-11 in Las Vegas.
A 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward known for his defense, Murphy started all 33 games as a senior, averaging 7.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 0.7 blocks. He led or tied for the team-high in rebounds 21 times and blocked shots 10 times. He showed flashes of an improving offensive game, recording four double-doubles.
“He will impress a lot of NBA scouts this summer,” said UM coach Jim Larranaga, who previously compared Murphy to defense-first, high-effort forwards Kenneth Fareid and former UM standout DeQuan Jones.
“Brooklyn I want to thank you for the opportunity this summer,” Murphy wrote Friday in an Instagram post. “Everybody [sic] path isn’t the same or the easiest but I will make the most of this opportunity.”
Murphy played his final two college years at Miami after transferring from Oklahoma State. He remarked previously he wished he had signed with the Hurricanes as a recruit, but the NCAA trouble the program was in at the time caused him to reconsider.
The Nets open summer league play at 8 p.m. July 7 against the Atlanta Hawks (NBA TV). Reed’s team, the Suns, are also playing in Vegas. They open at 9:30 p.m. Friday against the Sacramento Kings (ESPN2).