April 10, 2001
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame forward Troy Murphy announced that he will declare himself eligible for the NBA draft.
Murphy did not attend the Tuesday afternoon press conference announcing his decision. Instead, Irish head coach Mike Brey read Murphy’s statement.
“This is something that I’ve thought a great deal about since the season ended. I feel that I owe it to myself to pursue this option. I’ve discussed my future with some agents, and although I haven’t signed with one, I feel that it is best to take advantage of this opportunity. I will not be attending any pre-draft camps, but I will be working out for various teams.”
While Murphy did throw his hat into the ring, he is just testing the waters. The Big East Player of the Year will not take on the help of an agent, allowing him the option to return for his senior season with the Irish.
All underclassmen have until May 13 to declare themselves eligible for the draft. As long, as Murphy does not sign with an agent and withdraws his name from the list by June 20. Then can return for his senior season at Notre Dame.
“By him adding his name to the pool, it allows me to evaluate his stock with certain NBA teams,” Brey said.
Just recently, the junior finished fourth in the running for the Wooden Award that is given to the country’s top college basketball player.
This season, Murphy averaged 21.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game for the Irish.