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Boilers land highly touted PG

TiaraMurphyhadlongfavoredtheBoilermakers.
Andalthoughshecouldhavecontinuedherrecruitmentforanotheryear,thehighlyregarded2015pointguardthoughttherewaslittlereasontodoso.
"Ifyouknowwhereyou'regoing,whywait?"MurphysaidWednesdaynight."Ididn'twanttoleadanybodyon,thinkingIwantedtogototheirschoolwhenIknewwhereIwantedtogo."
ThatschoolisPurdue,whichpicksupitsthirdcommitmentalreadyinthe2015class,withMurphyjoiningIndianapolisguardLaminaCooperandBedfordforwardDominiqueMcBryde.Thelatestisagoodcatch,too,withMurphy,ajunioratSouthBendWashington,rankingNo.24overallinthecountry,accordingtoESPN.com.
The5-foot-6PGchosetheBoilermakersoveroffersfromMichiganState,Louisville,Florida,TexasTech,Indianaandothers.NotreDamehadshowninterest.
"Ithinkshejusthadacomfortlevel,"SouthBendWashingtoncoachMoScottsaidearlierWednesdayofPurdue."ShelikesCoach(Sharon)Versyp'sstyle.It'sclosetohomeandthey'vebeenaroundrecruitingherandsoshejusthasacomfortlevel.Shelikestheuniversityandshejustlikesthecoachingstaffandthestyleofbasketball.Andshethinksit'llbeagoodfitforher."
MurphywillhaveapublicannouncementofherdecisionafterschoolonThursday.Whileanearlycommitment,it'snotasifPurduehasn'tbeenaroundforyears.PurdueofferedMurphyduringthesummerbeforehereighthgradeyear.
Andtheschoolfitmanyofhercriteria:agoodbasketballprogram,goodcoaches,closetohomeandacademically-minded;shewantstostudysportsmedicine.
Asasophomore,Murphyaveragedabout18pointsandfiveassistspergame.Scottcallsherascoringpointguardwhocandoabitofeverything.
"IthinkI'maconfidentplayer,"Murphysaid."Iliketowin;Ihatelosing.I'maggressiveonandofftheball.…Thatprettymuchsumsitup."
Asidefromthetrioofplayersin2015,Purduealsohasthreein'14:IndianapolisforwardEricaMoore;ColoradoguardJustineHall;andGeorgiapostBreeHorrocks.
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