Oklahoma State men's basketball: Newcomer Kamari Murphy is getting double takes

For a team that is lacking in numbers due to injuries, the unheralded Murphy has been a gift for the Cowboys
by John Helsley Published: November 14, 2012
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photo - OSU men's basketball player Kamari Murphy (21) poses for a photo during basketball media day for Oklahoma State University at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OSU men's basketball player Kamari Murphy (21) poses for a photo during basketball media day for Oklahoma State University at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“It's going to remain that way, too,” Murphy said.

Murphy's starting spot isn't guaranteed. Depending on matchups, Jurick or 7-footer Marek Soucek could be better fits on certain nights. And when starting forward Michael Cobbins returns from a toe injury next month, playing time will be more divided.

“He did a lot of good things in our first game, made a really big block late,” Ford said. “But there are a lot of areas he's got to get better at, too. What we don't want him to get caught up into thinking is this thing is easy, because he kind of fell into the spot.

“When a freshman kind of falls into a spot like he has, you don't want him to think it's just automatically their spot and they're going to play. There's a lot of things he's got to learn to be his best and reach his potential.”

Still, Ford confirms that there's a major role for Murphy and what he brings to the floor as a 6-foot-8 scrapper.

And Murphy is still driven by the underdog role.

“Coming here, I didn't know I'd be starting this quickly,” said Murphy, who played high school ball in Brooklyn. “That was my overall goal through the season, to eventually start. But now that I have it, it's not like I'm backing away from it.

“In practice, you can tell, the coaches are yelling more and they're forcing more things on me because I have a bigger role now. And I'm taking that role and going with it one step at a time.”

Kamari Who?

Kamari Murphy, starting forward, Oklahoma State Cowboys.

“I don't think they saw that coming,” Murphy said.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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