Former Florida Tech Hoops Standout Derek Murphy Signs with Basket Racing Luxembourg
By Daniel Supraner, Florida Tech Sports // July 29, 2021
Murphy appeared in 91 games with 75 starts for the Panthers, scored 1,393 points
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Former Panther basketball star Derek Murphy has signed a professional contract with Basket Racing Luxembourg.
Basket Racing is a member of the Total League in Luxembourg and plays its home contests at Stade Josy Barthel Gym in Luxembourg City.
“I’m very excited for this new opportunity to continue my professional career on a bigger stage,” said Murphy.
“I’m thrilled to travel the world and become a part of a new city and country. I’m excited to learn from new coaches and play with my new teammates. I love the support from them and I can’t wait to put my skills and abilities on full display.”
Murphy just finished up playing one season for the Detroit Hustle of The Basketball League. The Detroit, Michigan native played in seven games with the Hustle during the 2020-21 season and finished fifth on the team in scoring at 14.3 points per game to go along with 6.3 rebounds per game.
He registered a season-best double-double on 31 points and 10 rebounds against the Owensboro Thoroughbreds on April 18, 2021.
Murphy was a dynamic player and five-year member of the Florida Tech men’s basketball program from 2015-2020. He was forced to redshirt the 2017-18 season due to injury.
During his time in Melbourne, Murphy appeared in 91 games with 75 starts and finished with career totals of 1,393 points and 556 rebounds for an average of 13.79 points and 5.5 rebounds per game
A 2019-20 Division II Bulletin Preseason All-American and two-time All-SSC Second Team selection, Murphy ranked top five in the league in scoring, rebounding and minutes played in each of his final two seasons with the Panthers.
He was the SSC scoring champion as a redshirt junior in 2018-19 with 23.9 points per game while also ranking third in the league in rebounding (8.2) and first in minutes played (36.8). His scoring average that season stands as the third-highest single-season scoring average in program history.
Despite missing the first four games of his redshirt senior season in 2019-20, Murphy ranked fifth in the SSC in scoring (20.3), fourth in rebounding (8.3), and second in minutes played (36.7). He scored a career-high 44 points on 15-28 shooting, including 7-12 beyond the arc, in a win over Eckerd on January 8, 2020.
Murphy tallied double-figure scoring in 50 of his final 51 games donning a Crimson & Gray uniform and recorded 20 double-doubles over his final two seasons.
Murphy will join Basket Racing this summer. The team finished with a 9-13 record during the 2020-21 season.