ESPN's Adam Finkelstein has confirmed that Duke-bound St. Mark's forward Alex Murphy is re-classifying to the Class of 2011 and enrolling at Durham this fall, as opposed to next.
The 6-foot-8 Murphy, a Wakefield, R.I. native who repeated his freshman year at St. Mark's after transferring from the Prout (R.I.) School, committed to the Blue Devils last Feburary. But he never ruled out re-classifying back to the 2011 class, telling Finkelstein at the time of his commitment, "As of right now, I'm a member of the Class of 2012 and that's the way it's going to stay, at least until the high school season is over...Right now I just want to focus on helping this team. When the spring approaches I'll sit down with my family and discuss the 2011 option."
Today, he told Finkelstein, "It was a very difficult decision but in the end I just thought this was the best thing for my future. It's a great opportunity."
That's also brought a shakeup in the ESPNU rankings, where Murphy was the No. 15 overall player in the Class of 2012. Now as a member of 2011, he sits at No. 40 overall.
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