He got game. Southern Lab student wins NBA2k national championship


BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33/FOX 44) – A Southern University Laboratory School student won the High School Esports League’s Spring Majors National Championship.

Troy Murphy joined SU Lab Esports competitive team for the HSEL Winter Open. His gamer tag is GetMoneyMurph.

The Southern University Laboratory Esports is a home to all gamers on campus in both competitive and non-competitive natures, and is continuing to grow as it reaches a wider audience. The goal of the Southern University Laboratory Esports Club is to provide an outlet to all students to relieve stress through gaming, as well as forming competitive teams that will be part of yearly competitions such as High School Esports League, PlayVS, and many others. It was founded in the Summer of 2019 by Christopher Turner.

Murphy advanced to the playoffs and was able to secure 3rd place in 2K20 gameplay. NBA 2K20 is a basketball simulation game that strives to realistically depict the National Basketball Association (NBA). The player plays NBA games with real-life or customized players and teams; games follow the rules and objectives of NBA games. In competitive mode, players face off 1v1, each controlling their whole team. They use each unique player’s abilities to garner the best chance of success. 

Moving forward into the Spring Majors, Murphy was able to have an 8-0 season record while maintaining a 4.0 GPA as well as participating in clubs and other sports. NBA 2K Playoffs was a 3 round bracket with the top 8 players on PS4. Each playoff game was the best out of 3 until the finals which was the best out of 5. The finals were live-streamed on youtube. Troy was able to bring home the championship with a 3-2 win. 

“To see Troy working hard all year and to be able to pull this off is a blessing. He won his first $1,000.00 scholarship towards college. I look forward to developing him in the next four years of high school. Hopefully, our program will foster the next generation STEAM innovators,” said Christopher Turner, Esports Director and Coach .

SU Lab Esports is also working on an Esports and Media Arena. It would be one of the first of its kind on a K-12 campus in Louisiana. The arena will be located in the heart of campus. Students, staff, faculty, alumni and guests are welcome, where a variety of the most popular games are provided. Turner said the plan is to deck out the 928 sq. ft. space with 10 gaming computers, gaming gear, and gaming chairs. In addition to the PCs, there will be a Console play area, and Community Corner. The arena also will house the school’s Broadcast Station. If you want to help, you can donate here.

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