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USF hoops gets commitment from 4-star prospect Caleb Murphy

Rivals ranks the combo guard No. 52 among Class of 2020 prospects
USF coach Brian Gregory has landed arguably the most prominent commitment of this two-plus seasons in Tampa, getting a verbal pledge from four-star guard Caleb Murphy. OCTAVIO JONES | Times
Published Sep. 1

At least one silver lining has emanated from USF’s embarrassing football performance Friday night on national TV.

Loganville (Ga.) prep basketball standout Caleb Murphy, one of the nation’s top combo guards, attended the game as part of his weekend visit, and had a blast.

On Sunday, he committed to Brian Gregory’s program.

“When I was there, I could see myself there,” Murphy said. “I feel like I went there already by the way things were going.”

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Ranked the nation’s No. 52 player from the Class of 2020 by Rivals, he’s the highest-ranked player in the Rivals era ― and first four-star prospect ― to commit to USF.

“Probably top-five on-ball defender in America,” Rivals national basketball analyst Corey Evans said. " He’s someone that just knows how to play the game. Shot isn’t the best but it’s his energy and ability to impact the game on both ends that really stands out."

Murphy (6-foot-4, 180 pounds) averaged 8.8 points at Norcross High last season, but has shined with the Atlanta Celtics during the summer circuit.

He averaged 12.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in seven games at the Adidas Gauntlet in Birmingham in July, leading his team to the 17-under platinum-level championship. In the final game, he had 24 points, six boards and five assists.

Murphy also reportedly has received interest from Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Georgia and Georgia Tech. He said Gregory and his staff began recruiting him in April, and have continued pursuing him harder than any other staff.

“No assistant or head coach has texted me as much as them,” he said.

“We’ve got a good relationship between us. I had a visit set up this week and I went down on Friday and I had the best time ever, it was so fun. ... Even though (the football team) lost 49-0, I enjoyed it.”

Contact Joey Knight at jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.

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