BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Basketball season is just under a month away and Virginia Tech has high expectations as Mike Young enters year three as head coach. And this year, he’s reuniting with a familiar face on the court.
“I’m loving Blacksburg so far. It was a pretty smooth adjustment for me, knowing the coaching staff and Keve (Aluma) and Hunter (Catoor). Having that familiarity with the guys. It helped a lot,” Storm Murphy said.
He may be familiar with his coach and his team but he’ll be a new face to fans of Virginia Tech basketball, who may need to get used to hearing his name.
“It it is my real name but it was my mom’s maiden name,” Murphy said. “And then I was also born in January during a snowstorm in Wisconsin, so it kinda works out.”
The Wisconsin-native hopes to take the court by storm, just as he did in his four years at Wofford, where he averaged over 17 points a game last season and was named to the All-SoCon First Team. Two of those seasons were spent with Young.
“He’s a super smart young man, academically as well as athletically,” Young said. “Just a joy to coach and to see him back in the building and have the opportunity to coach him again is really one of the neat times and occurrences in my long career as a basketball coach.”
That familiarity helps Murphy as he gets adjusted with his new team.
“Coach can call a play and I think he might be expecting me to just know it and it actually works out that way where I do,” Murphy said. “Yeah that’s stored within my memory. And we run it and it works that’s fun to see.”
The point guard is expected to hit the ground running and become a leader in his graduate season at Virginia Tech.
“It’s interesting coming in as a newcomer to a whole new place but also being given all this responsibility to be a leader and be a point guard so I think just going through that, I’ve learned a lot,” Murphy said. “And hopefully it will really pay off with our chemistry on the team and the culture that we’re building.”