With Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan deciding to return to Murray State, that only leaves one OVC player with a realistic shot of being drafted: Tennessee Tech’s Kevin Murphy.
Murphy, as hard as this is to believe, might actually have been underrated his senior year at TTU. Murphy wasn’t really noticed until his 50-point game midway through the season, and played second (or third) fiddle to Canaan all season long. But he’s getting noticed more now. DraftExpress.com named Murphy a member of the all-Portsmouth Invitational team, which is essentially a tournament for players to get noticed by NBA scouts. In fact, DraftExpress said he might have been the most impressive player there from a long-term prospective.
But he appears to have a downside as well:
“He’s a little bit raw in terms of his knowledge of the game and will have a little bit steeper of a transition to make than most seniors after playing on a team that did not win that many games the past four years.”
So where does he rank? So far, I’ve only found Murphy on one mock draft, at NBADraft.net , going 42nd to Boston.
I expect that he will likely be added to more as we go along. Murphy appears to be on the rise, and many mock drafts are waiting to update until the deadline for players to enter the draft later this month.
The 2nd round can be a bit iffy, with players easily moving up, or down 10 or more ranks without much real reason why. I wonder how the impact of 2 OVC players, Kenneth Faried, and Lester Hudson will have on the NBA perception of players from a small conference. But one advantage those two players had that Murphy doesn’t have was mentioned by DraftExpress: Tennessee Tech didn’t win like Morehead State and UT Martin did under those two.
I’ll keep an eye on his draft prospects as we get closer to draft day.