Gophers Murphy Named Big Ten POTW 13 Nov 17

Jordan Murphy wasted no time making a statement in his first game that he’s one of the best power forwards in the country and was named Big Ten player of the week for what he accomplished.

The Gophers junior captain dunked and muscled his way to a career-high 35 points and 15 rebounds in Friday’s 92-77 win against South Carolina Upstate, the most points scored for a U player since Andre Hollins’ 41 points in 2012. 

Murphy shot 13-for-22 from the field and 9-for-15 from the free throw line, setting career highs in field goals, field goal attempts and free throws made. The last Gopher with 13 field goals in a game was NBA forward Kris Humphries against Virginia in 2003-04.

It’s only one game into the 2017-18 season, but Murphy has a chance to make a significant jump offensively from his first two years in college. The San Antonio native averaged 11.6 points as a freshman and 11.3 points as a sophomore. He also averaged 8.0 and 8.8 rebounds in two seasons, respectively.

– The Gophers moved up to No. 14 in the latest Associated Press top 25 poll released Monday. They were No. 15 in the AP preseason poll, the highest ranking to open the season since 1993-94.