The Auckland Huskies are delighted to announce the signing of Junior Tall Black Sean Murphy for the upcoming Sal’s NBL season.

Huskies fans will have seen a glimpse of what Sean’s game looks like throughout the course of the Schick 3×3 Cup in Invercargill last year. He was an integral part of the Huskies bronze medal placing during the tournament.

Sean graduated from Rosmini College last year and will play for the Huskies as an amateur in order to protect his eligibility to undertake a college basketball scholarship in the States. 

Despite the school season being cut short in 2020 Sean holds the distinction of being one of just six Rosmini players to have appeared in three National Secondary Schools Grand Finals. He won winners medals in 2017 and 2018 and collected a runners-up medallion in 2019.

Sean played for New Zealand at the 2019 FIBA U17 Oceania Championships in New Caledonia. In 2020 he was named to the Junior Tall Blacks team to attend the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany but that tour was cancelled due to Covid.

“I’ve been really impressed with Sean’s work ethic over the past six months since he has been involved with the Huskies,” Head Coach Aaron Young commented.

“He’s got international size, a great motor and the physical tools and mindset to be an important piece for us. I feel we can use him in different ways and he definitely fits the mould in terms of what we are trying to build with our young players.

In August Sean will embark on a four-year scholarship at the University of Nebraska at Kearney to play under Coach Kevin Lofton for the Lopers. Sean sees his opportunity with the Huskies as hugely beneficial ahead of his collegiate career.

“Being able to play and train at a high level with a lot of experienced players is a big help. In high school I was probably the oldest player and now I am going to be one of the youngest so learning off the likes of Tom (Vodanovich), Nick (Barrow) and Chris (McIntosh) will be of enormous benefit.

“Playing against some of the best players in the country will help me get ready not only physically but also mentally.

“I definitely enjoy the physical aspect. I think there is a bit more leeway enabling you to apply pressure on the ball and get into your guy so it is good.”

Aaron agreed with that assessment. 

“Training and playing against older guys and being put in the Huskies environment is only going to help him when he goes to Nebraska.

“He’s right the mental growth that he will gain, and has already shown, will be of great benefit.

The two have known each other for a while with both involved in the New Zealand High Performance Programme.  

“He’s a great coach and he teaches us something new every day and that is really important in helping us develop not only as a team but also individually. I’m really happy to have him as my coach,” Sean added

Sean joins Tom Vodanovich, Nick Barrow, Chris McIntosh, Jackson Smyth and American guard Armoni Brooks on the Huskies team with more player signings to be announced in the near future.

The Huskies begin their 2021 Sal’s NBL campaign with a trip down the southern motorway on Sunday April 25th to take on the Franklin Bulls.

The Huskies first home game will be on Friday April 30th against Manawatu Jets at Eventfinda Stadium. You can purchase your 2021 membership today at aucklandhuskies.co.nz/2021-memberships