This edition of Five Questions is with McKenna Murphy. McKenna is a Division I prospect coming off a club season with Nebraska Attack and will be at Elkhorn North High School (NE) following a move from Fremont. Thanks for your time McKenna!
1) With the club season ending, it's always fun to look back on another season of work. What were some of your favorite memories of the past season, whether on the court or off?
My favorite memories were made by simply just traveling the country to play with my teammates and coaches at all three age groups! I think my all time favorite memory was traveling to Pennsylvania and going to Hersey Park with our team and then watching our 15s team win the UAA Finals!
2) You'll be making a change with your High School career. You were at Fremont, and now you'll be with Elkhorn North following a move. What are some of the things you'll miss most about Fremont, and what are some of the things you're most excited about at Elkhorn North?
I will miss all of the people in Fremont like my coaches and teammates and the incredible support system we had. I am excited to go to Elkhorn North and get to play with my best friend, Britt, once again to finish out my high school career. I’m also looking forward to playing with new incredible teammates and I am hoping I can contribute to what has already been a successful program!
3) You've emerged as one one of the top 2024s in Nebraska, and a Division I prospect. What are some of the things you'll be looking at as you get further into the recruiting process?
I definitely want to go to a school where I can have a good relationship with the coaches and players. A school where the coaching staff believes in me as a player and person and thinks I will be the right fit for their team and program. Academics are also very important to me so going somewhere with a great Pre Med program is also something that will interest me.
4) You're an excellent shooter in both the mid-range and three-point games. What are some of the things you've done as a player to hone your skills and become such a dynamic shooting threat?
Constant repetition of form shooting is huge for me. Going to the gym and just getting up hundreds of form shooting inside the paint helps me build that consistency. I gradually move back until I get to the three point line then shoot a couple hundred from there as well and have now started shooting deeper 3s so that I can expand my range but still maintain proper shooting mechanics.
5) A lot of younger player in both the High School & Club level will be looking up to you as a player, what is some advice you would give to those young girls who are just beginning their basketball journey?
Practice! Practice! Practice! Basketball isn’t an easy sport and there’s a lot that goes into it, but if you keep practicing and working hard you will see results. There are things that I work on all the time and there are still things in my game that need to improve but I know if I keep working and promote to these younger girls the importance of practice and repetition then I can be proud to be someone that girls look up to.