Rhode Island's Murphy signs with Duke

Duke University announced yesterday that small forward and South Kingstown, R.I. native Alex Murphy has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Blue Devils for the fall of 2011.

Murphy, a 6-foot-8 forward who previously starred at St. Mark's, committed to the Blue Devils last February as a member of the Class of 2012. Last month, he re-classified to the Class of 2011 and transferred out of the Southborough campus, to his hometown South Kingstown High School, where he is expected to receive his high school diploma.

After his freshman year at the Prout School, Murphy transferred to St. Mark's and repeated his freshman year, making this his fourth year of high school. His situation is not unlike that last spring of former Charlestown star Shabazz Napier, who transferred and re-classified to Lawrence Academy after three seasons with the Townies, only to return to Charlestown for the final quarter in order to get his diploma and head to UConn.