Check out this featured article on IMG Academy basketball program post-grad student, Kamari Murphy, in the New York Post. Article by Zach Braziller:
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - If Daniel Dingle and Kamari Murphy are playing like this is their last trip to a national event together, well it is.
The two versatile forwards took turns leading the Long Island Lightning to victories on the opening day of AAU Super Showcase 17U gold pool play.
Dingle, a 6-foot-7 rising senior at St. Raymond with guard skills, sent the Lightning past the Texas Titans, 62-61, with a traditional 3-point play with nine seconds left. The 6-foot-8 Murphy, meanwhile, saved his best for the nightcap, overwhelming Alabama Challenge in the paint with 22 points during a commanding 85-73 victory.
Sheldon Hagigal added 14 points, Kedar Edwards had 11 and Dingle eight for the Lightning, which faces Baltimore Elite (Md.) in its pool play finale Monday at noon.
The two teammates and close friends, Dingle and Murphy, along with point guard Emmanuel Brown, have been together on the same Lightning team since they were 10 under Daniel's older brother Dana, the organization director and former UMass star.
âWe can go as far as anybody else here,â Dana Dingle said. âWe got the talent to win it. It's a matter of clicking on all cylinders.â
The trio has enjoyed plenty of success, winning the 14U and 12U AAU Nationals, placing fifth in the 13s, third in the 11s, second in the Super Showcase 16s two years ago and sixth in the AAU Nationals last July.
âWe came down here to win it all,â Daniel Dingle said.
They know each other so well from all those years together, where each other likes the ball in the post and on the perimeter, when to motivate the other, what to say with the game on the line.
"Me and him have a gerat relationship," said Murphy, who helped Lincoln reach the PSAL Class AA title game last winter.
Now that their journey together is coming to an end - Dingle entering his senior year, Murphy doing a postgraduate year at IMG Academy in Florida - they seem to be even hungrier to leave their mark. Murphy still feels he is underrated nationally while Dingle wants to enter his final year at St. Ray's on the upswing.
âI want to establish myself as one of the top players in my class,â said Daniel Dingle, who plans to cut his list down after the live period. âThis tournament is very important to us.â
Murphy left open the possibility they could play college basketball together - Arizona and Miami are recruiting both of them - but the odds are long. For now, the two are just soaking up the last days of the live recruiting period, hoping for one final deep run at ESPN's Wide World of Sports.
âIt's gonna be sad, but it's all for the better,â Daniel Dingle said. âWe're still all gonna be brothers. We'll work out with each other, go to the movies. We're still gonna have that bond.â