It's only natural, people are always looking to compare prospects to guys that have come before them. Southborough (Mass.) St. Mark's junior forward Alex Murphy knows all about that.
Not only does Murphy get compared to his older brother Erik (a sophomore forward at Florida), but the 6-foot-8 swingman has heard plenty of other comparisons (most commonly Kyle Singler) as well.
While he doesn't mind comparisons, Murphy says that he's looking to carve out his own identity as a player.
"I don't like to compare myself to anybody," Murphy told Rivals.com. "With the schools recruiting me, though, they like to compare me to guys they have. Like Duke has thrown out Kyle Singler and Florida has thrown out guys like Mike Miller and Chandler Parsons. I watch the things guys like that do, but I mostly try to be myself."
Currently ranked No. 28 nationally in the class of 2012, Murphy is blessed with size, skill and more than adequate athleticism and he's a tall wing who can stretch defenses with his shooting. He's also a capable driver and can be used as a face-up four if needed.
Looking ahead, he doesn't seem to worried about where the schools he lists like Duke, Florida, Kansas, Boston College, Villanova, Butler, Arizona and Virginia will use him during his college years.
"Wherever I go and I step in, anyway they want to use me I'll be happy with that," said Murphy. "I prefer playing the wing and getting out in transition and finishing in the open court. But, I can see myself playing some at the four because I have the skill set and size to do that."
That being said, Murphy would prefer to play in a system that is a bit more up and down.
"I'm looking for a place where they like to run a lot and maybe press too," said Murphy. "Places where they get a lot of easy baskets in the open court are appealing."
For now, though, Murphy is taking his time. He'd like to take some unofficial visits during the fall but those could be tough because his school has Saturday classes. So, rather than setting a target date for making a commitment, he's just trusting what he feels in his heart.
"I don't think there is a time frame for me," said Murphy. "I have to visit more places and I don't think I could make a decision without visiting more schools. It's just more about finding a place that feels right in my heart and when it does I'll know."