The sophomore forward has led the Irish in scoring in 12 games this season and has been the leading rebounder or tied on 12 occasions. He scored 35 points against St. Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 20 along with 13 rebounds. The 35 points was a career-high topping his previous mark of 32 set against West Virginia last year.
Murphy has now played in 42 games as a collegiate performer and has scored in double figures in all but one of them. He has posted double-doubles in 22 games and has scored 20 or more points in 21 games and 30 or more points in eight games.
MURPHY NAMED BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN
Murphy was named the BIG EAST player of the week on Dec. 27 for his game against Rider on Dec. 22 as he scored 32 points with nine rebounds.
Murphy has now been named the BIG EAST player of the week three times this year and for two weeks in a row.
Murphy won the award on Dec. 20, sharing the honor with Marcus Goree of West Virginia, as he scored 30 points and had 10 rebounds vs. VMI.
Murphy was also named the BIG EAST player of the week Nov. 22 for his performance in the first two rounds of the Preseason NIT and the Irish win over St. Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 22. The announcement was the first weekly BIG EAST award of the season.
Murphy was named the BIG EAST rookie of the year in 1999 and won the BIG EAST rookie of the week award eight times - the second-highest in league history. The awards this year mark the first time Murphy has won player of the week honors.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT TROY MURPHY
"In tough times, Troy is my first option. Just like it was when I was playing, 'Let's get the ball to Michael' (Jordan). "That didn't hurt my feelings as a player. "His work ethic sets him apart. Troy's right up there with the hardest workers I've coached. He works hard and loves the game of basketball."
- Notre Dame head coach Matt Doherty
"Notre Dame has a great player in Troy Murphy, who's a tough matchup because he's effective inside and out. He's very clever inside."
- Arizona coach Lute Olson
"You don't stop Murphy. We're not going to do anything special. He's a lottery pick when he goes to the NBA. We've just got to make it tough for him to get low-post position and keep him off the glass."
- Siena coach Paul Hewitt, entering the second round NIT game with Notre Dame - Murphy scored 21 points and had 12 rebounds against the Saints
"Troy Murphy, without question, is one of the premier big guys in the country. Anytime you have a player of the caliber of Troy Murphy, you're going to have a hard time if you're not strong inside."
- St. Francis (Pa.) coach Bobby Jones
"We tried to bump him a little bit earlier in the second half and double down. If you bump him a little bit before he gets in the low post, he'll move outside. Boy, is he a player."
- VMI coach Bart Bellairs
"Troy Murphy is a machine."
- Elon coach Mark Simons
PRESEASON BIG EAST HONORS FOR MURPHY
Murphy was picked first team preseason all-BIG EAST for the 1999-2000 season by the league coaches. The honor was announced at BIG EAST Conference Media Day on Wed., October 25, 1999, and was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.
Also named to the first team was: Khalid El-Amin of Connecticut, Johnny Hemsley of Miami, Erick Barkley of St. John's and Etan Thomas of Syracuse.
The second team was Kevin Freeman of Connecticut, Isaac Hawkins of Pittsburgh, Bootsy Thornton of St. John's, Jason Hart of Syracuse and Marcus Goree of West Virginia.
The preseason player of the year was El-Amin and the preseason rookie of the year was Ajou Deng of Connecticut.
MORE PRESEASON HONORS FOR MURPHY
In addition to the BIG EAST honors, Murphy garnered a number of preseason accolades heading into the 1999-2000 campaign, including:
* Second Team All-America, Dick Vitale's College Basketball
* Second Team All-America, Basketball News
* Honorable Mention All-America, Athlon
* Ranked second in country among centers, Dick Vitale's College Basketball
* Ranked fourth in country among power forwards, Lindy's
* Ranked 11th in country among power forwards, The Sporting News
* First Team All-BIG EAST, Dick Vitale's College Basketball
* First Team All-BIG EAST, The Sporting News
* First Team All-BIG EAST, Lindy's
* Best NBA Prospect in BIG EAST, Lindy's
* Best Rebounder in BIG EAST, The Sporting News
* All-Windex Team (The kids can really clean the glass),
Dick Vitale's College Basketball