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Setting career rebounding mark is just the start for Gophers' Jordan Murphy - Nov 22, 2018

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VANCOUVER - Now that Jordan Murphy (201-F-97) is the Gophers' career leading rebounder, he has his sights set on other big goals.

Murphy broke Mychal Thompson's Minnesota rebounding record in Tuesday's victory against Santa Clara, but he has almost an entire season left to push that mark even farther.

'There's plenty more rebounds to get this season,' said Murphy, who has 972 for his career after grabbing 11 boards in Wednesday's 68-66 victory against Washington. 'They look for me to rebound my tail off, so that's just something I look to do every day. To break the record is an accomplishment. It's another notch, but now I have to look forward to my next goal: hopefully get to that 1,000-mark and go from there.'

Thompson's record was set from 1975-78, so there's no telling how long and by how much Murphy will be on top of the record books by the time his senior year is over. Only 13 players in Big Ten history have reached the 1,000-rebound mark, including former Ohio State All-America Jerry Lucas' league record 1,411 rebounds from 1959-62.

Former Michigan State star Draymond Green was the last to enter that prestigious club by finishing with 1,096 rebounds in 2012, which ranks fourth all-time and the most since 1981.

Entering Wednesday's game against Washington in Vancouver, Murphy was leading the Big Ten with 12.8 rebounds per game. His scoring average is down from 16.8 points last season to 13.0 this season, but he was averaging a career-best 4.5 assists through four games.

He's not only a rebounder anymore.

'Being able to have that in my arsenal to find guys for open looks is something I'm working on more and more,' Murphy said. 'Hopefully, the more they keep trapping, I can find my teammates wide open.


Brooklyn ends Nicolas Claxton's draft wait with first pick in NBA second round - 3 days ago
Nicolas Claxton (211-SF-99)'s decision to leave Georgia after his sophomore season looked shrewd leading up to the NBA draft with all of the buzz that he'd go in the first round. Claxton's patience was tested Thursday night as he waited in the 'green room' of the Barclays Center and that goal of his didn't materialize. He slipped to the first pick of the second round before draft host Brooklyn selected him with the No. 31 overall pick. 'I just want to show people I can play,' Claxton sa...   [read more]

Murphy journey to the NBA to begin this summer - 3 days ago
Gophers great Jordan Murphy(201-F-97) will reportedly continue to represent Minnesota basketball. After going undrafted Thursday, one of the U's all-time great rebounders agreed to play in NBA Summer League with the Timberwolves, The Athletic's Sam Vecenie reported. Murphy finished his four-year Gophers' career with a program-best 1,307 rebounds, No. 2 in Big Ten history, and 1,766 points, fourth-best in Gophers history. The Las Vegas Summer League begins on July 5. The last Gophers p...   [read more]

Utah Jazz wing Royce O'Neale seizes offseason growth with big opportunity ahead for Year 3 - 6 days ago
SALT LAKE CITY - Sounds of balls bouncing and sneakers squeaking echoed throughout West High on Monday morning as 140 kids were engaged in basketball drills when Royce O'Neale(198-SF-93, college: Baylor)< casually strolled into the gymnasium. Fresh off celebrating his 26th birthday not even two weeks earlier on June 5, the Utah Jazz wing was excited to be back in Utah for an appearance at the Jazz Youth Camps and Clinics' Rookie Camp session before hitting the road for the annual Junior...   [read more]

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