Florida Tech Men’s Basketball Add Former Bishop Moore Forward Donovan Murphy to 2021 Class
By Daniel Supraner, Florida Tech // June 21, 2021
Murphy averaged 5.1 points, 5.7 rebounds
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech men’s basketball head coach Billy Mims has announced the addition of Donovan Murphy to the 2021 class.
Murphy, a 6-8 and 215-pound forward, comes to the Panthers from Bishop Moore High School in Orlando, Florida.
“I choose Florida Tech because of the top-notch academics they offer, while also being able to compete at an extremely high level,” said Murphy. “Growing up with a dad who was able to play at this level was huge.
He was always pushing academics first and when the opportunity came to be played at a university like Florida Tech, the decision was easy.
“The choice became clear when I was able to scrimmage and meet with the team. This was where I saw the types of guys this program has and that these were the people I wanted to be surrounded with to help me grow more as a person and as a player over the next four years. I am looking forward to learning from a lot of these guys on the team that has had a ton of success over the past couple of seasons.”
During his senior season at Bishop Moore, Murphy averaged 5.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 0.9 blocks, and 0.7 assists per game. Murphy also played AAU ball for the Orlando Sting.
“We’re very excited for Donovan to continue his career for such a great institution like Florida Tech,” stated Bishop Moore head coach Jim Yarbrough. “I’m confident he will grow immensely playing for such an accomplished coach as Billy Mims.”
Murphy excelled academically at Bishop Moore earning spots on the school’s honor roll and finishing his career with a 4.45 weighted grade point average. He is a recipient of Florida Tech’s Panther Distinguished Scholar Award.
Both of Murphy’s parents are alumni of Florida Tech. His mother, Trish, graduated in 1993 while his father Dave graduated in 1991 and earned his master’s in 2001. Dave Murphy was also a member of the Florida Tech men’s basketball team.
He recently was inducted into the Florida Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 2015 as part of the 1989-90 basketball team, which captured the program’s first SSC regular-season championship and won the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament game.
“We are really excited about the addition of Donovan Murphy to our men’s basketball program,” said Mims.
“Donovan is an extremely high academic student-athlete and a perfect fit for our university’s high educational standards. It’s also great getting a chance to coach another Florida Tech legacy! His dad played basketball here at Florida Tech, and I remember coaching against Dave back in the late 1980s. He was a tough, hard-nosed player.”
This will be the second time that I’ve had the honor to coach the son of a former Panther. Brian Stahl’s two sons, Cameron and Nick both played here for me, and Cameron is still in the SSC record books for one of the highest field goal percentages for a single season in SSC history.
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