After three years at storied New York City powerhouse Lincoln (Brooklyn)
, Kamari Murphy
made the move to IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
this summer to prepare himself for the college game.
Tuesday, the college he will be attending came into focus as the 6-foot-8 senior forward made a verbal commitment to Oklahoma State.
"Oklahoma State has everything that I was looking for in a college," Murphy said via press release. "I've already sat down with their academic advisors to pick the right courses for my major. The facilities are great and the team is supported by the community. When talking to Coach (Travis) Ford, it felt like I was with friends and family already."
Murphy was a Daily News second team All-New York City pick as a junior, averaging around 15 points and 11 rebounds per game. The Railsplitters went 29-3 in 2010-11, spending several weeks in the national rankings before falling to rival Boys & Girls (Brooklyn)
in the PSAL AA (New York City public schools) title game.
"Kamari is good enough to be in college right now," IMG basketball director Andy Borman said. "He's at the IMG Basketball Academy to be college-ready next year as a student, as a person and as a basketball player."
After sending 6-7 wing-forward De'Andre Daniels to defending national champ Connecticut last season, the IMG roster looks to be well-stocked with versatile forwards again for 2011-12. In addition to Murphy, 6-6 senior David Andoh
of California and 6-7 Boubacar Moungoro
, a sophomore from Mali, are expected to attend the renowned sports academy this year.
Oklahoma State also has a Class of 2012 commitment from Kentucky guard Adam Wing