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September 25, 2013
Tiara Murphy had long favored the Boilermakers.
And although she could have continued her recruitment for another year, the highly regarded 2015 point guard thought there was little reason to do so.
"If you know where you're going, why wait?" Murphy said Wednesday night. "I didn't want to lead anybody on, thinking I wanted to go to their school when I knew where I wanted to go."
That school is Purdue, which picks up its third commitment already in the 2015 class, with Murphy joining Indianapolis guard Lamina Cooper and Bedford forward Dominique McBryde. The latest is a good catch, too, with Murphy, a junior at South Bend Washington, ranking No. 24 overall in the country, according to ESPN.com.
The 5-foot-6 PG chose the Boilermakers over offers from Michigan State, Louisville, Florida, Texas Tech, Indiana and others. Notre Dame had shown interest.
"I think she just had a comfort level," South Bend Washington coach Mo Scott said earlier Wednesday of Purdue. "She likes Coach (Sharon) Versyp's style. It's close to home and they've been around recruiting her and so she just has a comfort level. She likes the university and she just likes the coaching staff and the style of basketball. And she thinks it'll be a good fit for her."
Murphy will have a public announcement of her decision after school on Thursday. While an early commitment, it's not as if Purdue hasn't been around for years. Purdue offered Murphy during the summer before her eighth grade year.
And the school fit many of her criteria: a good basketball program, good coaches, close to home and academically-minded; she wants to study sports medicine.
As a sophomore, Murphy averaged about 18 points and five assists per game. Scott calls her a scoring point guard who can do a bit of everything.
"I think I'm a confident player," Murphy said. "I like to win; I hate losing. I'm aggressive on and off the ball. That pretty much sums it up."
Aside from the trio of players in 2015, Purdue also has three in '14: Indianapolis forward Erica Moore; Colorado guard Justine Hall; and Georgia post Bree Horrocks.
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