Brunswick School senior and basketball star Billy Murphy recently signed a letter of intent to play varsity basketball at Lafayette College, in Easton, Pa., in the fall. Murphy leaves behind him quite a legacy at Brunswick. Over his four years at the school, the 6'9" big man amassed 926 points and corralled 447 rebounds. This year, his last year at Wick, he averaged 14.7 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game, leading the Bruins in both categories. Murphy has also been named all-FAA in each of the past two years, and earned honorable mention all-New England this year.
Greenwich Citizen asked Murphy about his Brunswick career and about his hardwood future at Lafayette.
What are your favorite memories of playing basketball for Brunswick?
Freshman year we started the "whiteout" tradition vs. St. Luke's of New Canaan. (The Whiteout is the home game we have every year vs. St. Luke's. We have everyone from our school come watch us play wearing all white. St. Luke's fans wear black.) That year we had won on a buzzer beater at their place and got a huge crowd for the home game a couple of weeks later. St. Luke's was supposed to be much better than us, but we ended up winning the home game as well. Fast-forwarding to the FAA championship that year, we played St. Luke's once again at home. The result was no different from the first two games. We played a tight game and ended up winning the championship and beat St. Luke's for the third time.
My sophomore year at Brunswick School was the second and last FAA championship team I had the honor to be a part of. That year meant a lot for to me because I had a starting role. Ironically, we ended up playing St. Luke's in the final at home and won.
Junior year was a tough Brunswick basketball season, but I must say, it was a great learning experience. We only won four games, but the team stayed together and fought through everything.
This year, my senior year, was great. The team had a good rebounding year for our program. We had some great games and some not-so-great games, but finishing the year with our record was very nice. Setting that aside, the thing I remember, and will remember most about this team, is how hard we worked to get to our goals.
Which rivals did you enjoy playing most?
I loved playing St. Luke's every single year, especially at home. They always brought a good crowd and so did we. The game was always close and the fans were always crazy (in a good way).
Rye Country Day was another school I loved playing. They have a great coach and a good group of guys that were fun to play against.
Finally, Hopkins was also great to play. I had some buddies on their team, and it was always fun to play against them in the close games.
What will you miss most about playing basketball for Brunswick?
I will definitely miss the stuff we did off the court the most. Hanging in the locker room after practice with the guys is something that I will always miss. I know I will get the chance to do that with the Lafayette guys, but there will definitely be a difference.
What made you choose Lafayette College?
I have always had a dream to play Division I basketball and to receive a great education while playing. When Lafayette started to recruit me, I became immediately interested because I knew it was a great school and would fulfill my dream of playing Division I at a high level. When combining these two things, along with the feel of the school on-campus, I couldn't pass up the offer. I visited the Lafayette campus and decided it was the right place for me.
What are you looking forward to the most about playing at the college level?
I am looking forward to playing at a very competitive level, something I haven't really gotten to do before. High school was competitive, but playing in college will be a whole different level. The idea of Division I basketball really excites me, so it is hard to choose just one thing.
What do you hope to bring to the team?
I hope to bring a great work ethic to the team. I know that everyone on the team is all about working hard on and off the court, so I want to keep that trend going. From a pure basketball standpoint, I hope that I can help the team out with my shooting game and on the defensive end of the floor.
How are you preparing for your "college game?"
I am lifting weights, keeping in shape and polishing up my game (specifically ball handling and footwork). I want to be able to do anything Lafayette's Patriot League asks of me when I get there.
What are your goals on the court for your freshman year?
As far as goals are concerned, I hope to make an impact in some way my freshman year. We are bringing in a pretty good recruiting class and have a bunch of guys returning at my position. I plan to go in there and to fight as much as I can to get time, but if that doesn't happen, I'll find a way to make an impact. That's my biggest goal.