Basketball: Murphy twins setting stage for prolific careers
By Brian Peloza Post-Tribune correspondent July 12, 2013 11:44PM
Griffith's Tremmell Murphy (left) and Clark's Maurice Dawkins fight for a rebound during the Wheeler boys holiday tournament held at Wheeler High School on Saturday December 29, 2012. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 14, 2013 6:16AM
INDIANAPOLIS — Florida’s Billy Donovan and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim sat next to each other while watching Indiana Elite 2016 on Friday during the Adidas Invitational.
Griffith rising sophomores Anthony and Tremmell Murphy are a big reason Indiana Elite 2016 is 39-0 this season. The athletic twins — Anthony is 6-foot-5 and Tremmell is 6-4 — are starting to gain recruiting interest, with coaches from Indiana and Purdue inquiring.
There’s one thing all of those coaches, though, need to know moving forward: “We’re a package deal,” Tremmell said.
So far, New Mexico is fine with that idea, offering a scholarship to both. Others will likely be following suit. Xavier and UIC, where their father played, have also been showing interest, along with Purdue and IU.
“If they can grow a couple of more inches they’ll be able to play anywhere they want,” said Indiana Elite coach Mark Adams. “They want to play defense and can rebound with anybody in the country, both of them. They just need to keep working on their skill set.”
Considering their age and projected size, getting this much recruiting interest early speaks volumes, said Adams.
“(Big guys) don’t get a lot of recognition at a younger age group because they’re looking at the guys that have exceptional ball handling skills,” Adams said. “They have a lot of interest (in the Murphys) because of their athletic ability at this age, and if they can grow a couple of inches, the sky will be the limit. I think they’re going to be big guys, because their mother is 6-foot and their dad is 6-8.”
Anthony is the better shooter of the brothers, Tremmell said, adding he’s also the better ball handler but still able to create opportunities in the post.
“(Tremmell) is a better post player and it’s one thing I want to get some tips on from him,” Anthony responded.
Communication between the brothers is simple and pretty much unnoticeable.
“All we have to do is make eye contact and we know if it means cut or just shoot it,” said Anthony, who’s father Tremmell Sr. played at UIC. “It feels like playing with the same person.”
Indiana Elite is 39-0 and will look to keep its winning streak intact during the remainder of the Adidas Invitational, a five-day event culminating with championships on Sunday.
Carrying that unblemished record comes with added pressure.
“A little bit,” Tremmell said, breaking into a slight smile, “but I like a little pressure.”
The team also includes Merrillville rising sophomore D.J. Wilkins, who is also receiving early college recruiting interest.