Erik Murphy will take things slow.
After consulting a pair of doctors, the St. Mark’s (Mass.) 6-foot-9 ½, 210-pound rising junior has decided to sit out the rest of this month and a portion of July to rest a sprain in his right knee.
``They said it was best if I stay off it for a while,” Murphy said. “I’m just going to do physical therapy now and get back sometime in July.”
``He just stretched it a little,” added Murphy’s father, Jay, who played at Boston College and also spent four years in the NBA. “It should heal up fine.”
Murphy, who took recent unofficial visits to North Carolina and Duke while he was down watching his New England Playaz teammates at the Tournament of Champions, is arguably the best player in New England – regardless of age.
Murphy still needs to get stronger, but this will give him a month to work on his upper-body strength and also make certain his knee is back to 100 percent.
``It’s disappointing for him because he was really looking forward to a big summer,” Jay Murphy said. “And I’m a little disappointed because I was looking forward to coaching him.”
Murphy, one of the top players in the Class of 2009, said he’ll still travel with the team as a spectator in June and the first part of July. The target date to return is for the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas and then he’ll finish the summer with the Best of Summer in Los Angeles and then play in the New England Elite 75 Camp at Boston University on Aug. 15.
Murphy recently told Scout.com that in addition to UNC and Duke, he’s also receiving interest from the likes of Virginia, Syracuse, Florida, Marquette, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame.