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The former standout forward will join the Notre Dame Basketball Ring of Honor this weekend.

AS A JUNIOR: Became just the third basketball underclassman in Notre Dame history to declare early for the NBA draft...seventh-highest draft pick in the program's history when he was drafted 14th overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 2001 NBA draft... a two-time consensus All-American, he earned first-team Associated Press All-America honors in his junior and senior seasons...also also garnered first-team All-America honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Chevrolet, The Sporting News and United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA)... selected second team All-America by Basketball Times...two-time John R. Wooden Award honoree...finished fifth in the balloting for the Wooden Award in 2001 and was among the three finalists for the Naismith player-of-the-year honor...joined an elite group of past BIG EAST Conference players by winning BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year honors for the second straight year as a junior...shared the award for the 2000-01 campaign with Troy Bell of Boston of just four BIG EAST players ? Chris Mullin (St. John's), Patrick Ewing (Georgetown) and Richard Hamilton (Connecticut) ? in league history to win the award twice...unanimous first-team All-BIG EAST selection for the second consecutive year...named to the All-America first-team...selected ESPN The Magazine's Center of the Year...also selected to the College All-America team...just the fifth player in Notre Dame history to score 2,000 points and the only player to reach the 2,000-point and 900-rebound plateaus...finished his career as the school's fifth all-time leading scorer (2,011 points) and sixth all-time leading rebounder...second all-time in free-throws made (587) and attempted (755)..ranks second all-time in blocked shots (126)....honored as BIG EAST Player of the Week five times in 2000-01 (weeks of Nov. 27, Dec. 25, Jan. 29, Feb. 12 and Feb. 26)...named National Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 29...named CBS Player of the Game following Seton Hall (Feb. 18) and Georgetown (Mar. 4) contests...ESPY Award nominee as the top men?s basketball player in 2000...finished 12th nationally in scoring...led BIG EAST in scoring in league games in 2000-01 for the second straight season, becoming just the second player in history to lead the BIG EAST in conference scoring in consecutive seasons (Boston College's Dana Barros did it in 1987-88 and 1988-89)...his 50 blocked shots during the season ranked as the fourth-highest single season total in Notre Dame history...was just the sixth player in school history to grab 900 rebounds in his career...reached that mark against Pittsburgh (Mar. 4) when he grabbed eight rebounds in the game...scored eight point against the Panthers in BIG EAST tournament quarterfinal loss which snapped string of 78 consecutive games in double figures...blocked his 100th career shot against Long Island (Dec. 29), becoming just the second Irish player in history to achieve that mark (also LaPhonso Ellis)...finished his career with 45 double-doubles...his 13 double-doubles this year have come against Sacred Heart (31 points, 14 rebounds), Vanderbilt (23 points, 11 rebounds), Canisius (29 points, 15 rebounds), Vermont (21 points, 13 rebounds), Long Island (24 points, 10 rebounds), Seton Hall (25 points, 20 rebounds), Kentucky (14 points, 11 rebounds), Syracuse (34 points, 16 rebounds), St. John?s (34 points, 11 rebounds), West Virginia (15 points, 10 rebounds), Seton Hall (24 points, 16 rebounds), Virginia Tech (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Mississippi (17 points, 10 rebounds)...scored in double figures in 92 of 94 games during his career...scored 20-plus points in 17 games in 2000-01 and in 52 games overall during his career...produced five 30-point outings this season (16 in his career) against Sacred Heart (31 points), Cincinnati (30 points), Rutgers (37 points), Syracuse (34 points) and St. John?s (34 points)...leading Irish scorer and rebounder for third consecutive season...also leads team in field goals made and attempted and free throws made and attempted...has either led or tied for game-high scoring 21 of 30 games this season...has led Irish in scoring 82 times in his career and in rebounding 61 times...started 93 of 94 games in his career...grabbed 10-plus rebounds in 46 games during his career...owned three of top four individual scoring outputs by BIG EAST players in conference games this season (37 vs. Rutgers, 34 vs. Syracuse, 34 vs. St. John's)...fouled out of season finale against Georgetown (March 4) with 19 points and seven rebounds, marking the second time he was disqualified due to fouls against the Hoyas driving the season...played all 40 minutes of the contest against St. John?s (Feb. 5) and was 12-of-15 from the field and nine-of-10 from the free-throw line and finished with 34 points and 11 rebounds...fouled out of the first Georgetown game (Jan. 27) with 4:28 remaining in the contest and finished with 16 points and four rebounds...became just the seventh player in BIG EAST history and first since 1992 to achieve a ?20-20? in a conference game when he registered 25 points and a career-high 20 rebounds at Seton Hall (Jan. 8)...scored a career-high 37 points in win over Rutgers (Jan. 6) as he connected on 13-of-18 shots from the field (three-of-five from three-point range) and was eight-for-eight from the free-throw marked the highest scoring output by a BIG EAST player this season and his 13 field goals were the most in a BIG EAST game during the 2000-01 season...scored 34 points and grabbed 16 rebounds versus Syracuse while converting a career-high 16 free-throws on a personal-best 19 attempts...dished off career-high six assists against Vermont (Dec. 21)...suffered a sprained ankle in practice before the Indiana game (Dec. 5) but still played 37 minutes in the contest scoring 15 points and grabbing seven addition to scoring 30 points against Cincinnati (Nov. 25), had seven rebounds and blocked a career-high six shots against the Bearcats...matched career-high five assists in win over Sacred Heart (Nov. 18)...Irish co-captain along with Martin of 12 collegiate players selected to the USA Men?s Select Team that played against the USA Basketball Men?s Senior National Team on Sept. 2, 2000 in Honolulu, Hawaii...named Notre Dame National Monogram Club MVP for the third consecutive year.

AS A SOPHOMORE: A consensus first-team All-American, the first at Notre Dame since Adrian Dantley in 1974-75 and 1975-76...named first team All-America by the Associated Press, United States Basketball Writers Assocation and Basketball Times...named second team by The Sporting News and the National Association of Basketball Coaches...was named to the John Wooden All-American team...the 1999-2000 BIG EAST Conference player of the year and a unanimous first-team all-conference pick...finished his sophomore season with 1,358 points, the 16th-highest total in school history....scored his 1,000th career point in win vs. St. John?s (Jan. 29) when he had 30 points and career-high 18 rebounds...became the second-youngest player in terms of age to reach 1,000 points at Notre Dame and fifth-fastest in terms of games at 48...scored a game-high 32 points vs. Michigan (March 15) in first round of the NIT, had 21 against Xavier in the second round (March 20) and 19 vs. BYU in quarterfinals (March 22)...scored 18 points in the NIT semifinal vs. Penn State and had 20 vs. Wake Forest in the final...was named to the NIT all-tournament of 30 final candidates for the John R. Wooden Award and a finalist for the United States Basketball Writers Assocation player-of-the-year award and the Naismith Trophy...named all-district by the National Association of Basketball Coaches...was named the BIG EAST player-of-the-week six times ? tying the league record set by John Wallace of Syracuse in 1995-96...earlier in the year won the award four times in a row (Dec. 20-Jan. 10) ??one short of the conference record (five by Wallace in 1995-96) NCAA statistics, was the only player to rank in the top 10 in both scoring and rebounding as he finished 10th in scoring (22.7) and ninth in rebounding... only player in conference history to lead the league in both scoring and rebounding in the same season in both overall and conference games...his 839 points this season were the fourth-highest total in school history, his 38 blocks tied for fourth in single-season school history, his 261 free throws were first, his 323 attempts were first, his 380 rebounds were tied for 10th, his 274 field goals were tied for seventh and his 537 attempts were seventh...scored a team-high 25 points vs. Rutgers (March 8) in Notre Dame?s win in first round of the BIG EAST tournament...tied a career high 35 points against Seton Hall (Feb. 19)...established a career high with 35 points vs. St. Francis-Pa. (Nov. 21)...had a career-high five assists vs. Loyola Marymount (Jan. 2)...scored in double figures in all 37 games and had 20 double-doubles, most in the BIG EAST and tied for fourth nationally...scored 20 or more points in 24 games and 30 or more in nine contests...has now played in 64 collegiate basketball games, scoring in double figures in all but one and posting 32 double-doubles...has scored 20 or more points 34 different times and 30 or more points 12 times...was named to the Preseason NIT all-tournament team after averaging 24.8 points per game in four games in the event...was named a finalist for the United States Junior National Team in the summer of ?99...had to withdraw from the trials due to a hernia, which required surgery on July 13...was one of three Irish captains along with Skylard Owens and Todd Palmer...named Notre Dame National Monogram Club MVP.

AS A FRESHMAN: The 1999 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year...was named to the Basketball News national all-freshman team...was named the BIG EAST newcomer of the year by Basketball News and BIG EAST Briefs and named to the national all-freshman team by College Hoops Insider...his 519 points set the Notre Dame freshman scoring record, previously held by Adrian Dantley with 511 in 1973-74...was the leading scorer and rebounder for the Irish at 19.2 points per game and 9.9 rebounds in ?98-?99...was named the Notre Dame National Monogram Club Most Valuable Player...was named the BIG EAST rookie of the week eight times ? Nov. 17, Dec. 14, Dec. 21, Dec. 28, Jan. 11 as he shared the award and again on Feb. 1, Feb. 8 and shared the award again on March 1 ... the eight awards were good for second place in BIG EAST history ... finished the season with a 19.2-points-per-game average in BIG EAST league games, second highest in conference history behind Allen Iverson?s mark of 19.8 in 1994-95 for Georgetown ... was the first freshman in BIG EAST history to lead the league in rebounding at 10.3 per game in conference playing BIG EAST statistics in overall games, was third in scoring (first among newcomers), first in rebounding, first in field-goal percentage, ninth in blocks, first in defensive rebounding and seventh in offensive conference games, was third in scoring (first among newcomers), first in rebounding, first in field-goal percentage, fifth in blocked shots, first in defensive rebounding and sixth in offensive rebounding ... recorded a double-double in 12 games (to lead the BIG EAST) and had a double-double in eight league games to lead BIG EAST ... returned to the Irish starting lineup Jan. 27 vs. Boston College after missing the three previous games due to a sprained ankle...when he returned, had double-doubles in seven of the final 10 games of the season ...started the first 17 games of the season...missed the Villanova, Seton Hall and Rutgers games due to a sprained left ankle suffered in practice on Jan. 14 ... returned to the Irish starting lineup against the Eagles and had 17 points with 11 rebounds and then had 26 points and 12 rebounds vs. Providence (Jan. 29) and then added 22 points and 13 rebounds in win over Seton Hall (Feb. 6)...also had 15 points and nine rebounds vs. Georgetown (Feb. 10), a career-high 32 points with 16 rebounds vs. West Virginia (Feb. 14) and added 17 points and 11 rebounds in win over Mountaineers (Feb. 21)...had 17 points and 12 rebounds in regular-season finale vs. Boston College...was named the BIG EAST rookie of the week in final week of season with performance against Boston College and 22 point-seven rebound effort vs. St. John?s (Feb. 24)...scored 28 points with 15 rebounds in BIG EAST tournament first round vs. Seton Hall...tied his then-career high by scoring 30 points in win over Pittsburgh (Jan. 5 ... first BIG EAST rookie-of-the-week honor came after opening week of season after scoring 19 points in collegiate debut vs. Miami of Ohio (Nov. 13) and 16 points vs. Yale (Nov. 15) ...second honor came after scoring 30 points with 11 rebounds in Notre Dame?s BIG EAST Conference-opening win over Providence (Dec. 8) ...the 30 points vs. the Friars tied a BIG EAST record for most points by an individual in first career conference game ...tied record of Allen Iverson, who also scored 30 points vs. Providence on Dec. 7, 1994 ... was eight-of-15 from free-throw line vs. the Friars, but made four straight free throws in the last 15 seconds of the contest... third honor came after scoring 27 points vs. Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 19) ... fourth honor came after averaging 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in wins over Stetson and St. Francis ...the fifth honor came after the Pittsburgh game and scoring 17 points vs. Villanova (Jan. 7) and 13 in win at Miami (Jan. 9) ... was the first BIG EAST player to score 30 or more points in two different conference games in freshman season and did it three times ... scored double figures in first 12 games, becoming the first Notre Dame freshman ever to score in double figures in first 12 career games since freshmen became eligible in 1970-71 ... had 21 points and 17 rebounds vs. Alaska-Anchorage (Nov. 27), 23 points and 16 rebounds vs. Indiana (Dec. 10), 27 points and 14 rebounds vs. Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 19), 30 points and 10 rebounds vs. Pittsburgh, both Providence, West Virginia and Seton Hall games and the Boston College game.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Was named the most valuable player for his team at the prestigious Capital Classic in Washington, D.C., after the high school season as he scored 18 points with 21 rebounds in the postseason game...played for Delbarton High School in Northern Hills, N.J., for head coach Dan Whalen...was named honorable mention All-America by Street and Smith?s...has high school records for most points in a game (53) and career (1,892) and most rebounds in a game (23) and career (950) went 20-6 during senior season and advanced to state quarterfinals...averaged 33.0 points per game as a senior to lead the state of New Jersey in scoring...also averaged 14.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game...shot 56.8 percent from the floor (320 of 563), which included a five-for-17 mark from three-point range...was named the Morris County player of the year by the Newark Star third in Morris County history in career scoring...averaged 20.5 points per game as a sophomore with 11.8 rebounds to earn first team all-county honors...averaged 23.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as a junior...named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star team for the 1999-2000 school year...full name is Troy B. Murphy...born 5-2-80...a sociology major who was enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters.

Murphy's Career Highs

Points: 37 vs. Rutgers, 1/16/01
Field Goals: 14 vs. St. Francis (Pa.), 11/21/99
Field Goals Attempted: 26 vs. Seton Hall, 2/18/01
Field-Goal Percentage: 1.000 (8 for 8) vs. BYU, 3/22/01
Three-Point Field Goals: 3 on five occasions
Three-Point Field Goals Attempted: 7 on two occasions
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage: 1.000 (1-1) on seven occasions
Free Throws: 16 vs. Syracuse, 1/23/01
Free Throws Attempted: 19 vs. Syracuse, 1/23/01
Free-Throw Percentage: 1.000 on 12 occasions
Rebounds: 20 vs. Seton Hall, 1/8/01
Assists: 6 vs. Vermont, 12/21/00
Blocked Shots: 6 vs. Cincinnati, 11/25/01
Steals: 4 on three occasions
Minutes: 43 vs. Indiana, 1998-99

Troy Murphy's Career Statistics

1998-99 27-27 890/33.0 183-340 .538 4-13 .308 149-201 .741 81 186 267 9.9 38 34 38 77-4 519/19.2
BIG EAST 15-15 518/34.5 100-199 .503 3-10 .300 85-112 .759 48 106 154 10.3 24 21 27 36-2 288/19.2
1999-00 37-37 1318/35.6 274-557 .492 30-92 .326 261-323 .808 86 294 380 10.3 58 52 38 101-4 839/22.7
BIG EAST 16-16 585/36.6 114-249 .458 11-43 .256 108-136 .794 43 122 165 10.3 18 22 19 47-2 347/21.7
2000-01 30-29 1090/36.3 223-473 .471 30-86 .349 177-231 .766 94 183 277 9.2 62 27 50 96-3 653/21.8
BIG EAST 16-16 605/37.8 124-254 .488 14-44 .318 102-134 .761 48 98 146 9.1 28 16 22 56-3 364/22.8
TOTALS 94-93 3298/35.1 680-1370 .496 64-191 .335 587-755 .777 261 663 924 9.8 158 113 126 274-11 2011/21.4
BIG EAST 47-47 1708/36.3 338-702 .481 28-97 .289 295-382 .772 139 326 465 9.9 70 59 68 139-7 999/21.3

Troy Murphy
Troy  Murphy

Morristown, New Jersey

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-11 / 245


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