Alex Murphy transferring to Florida
Published: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 11:12 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 12:31 p.m.
After an older brother's success at Florida, Alex Murphy is looking forward to carving out his own legacy with the Gators.
The 6-foot-9, 230-pound Murphy confirmed Wednesday he's transferring to Florida. Murphy visited Rhode Island last week after leaving Duke, but felt the chance to play for Florida coach Billy Donovan was too good to pass up.
“At the end of the day, it was just my comfort level with the program and the coaches,” Murphy said. “It was a gut feeling. It was where I wanted to be.”
Murphy said his older brother, former Gator and current Chicago Bulls forward Erik Murphy, played a role in the decision. Erik Murphy scored 1,052 career points and was part of three straight UF Elite Eight teams before being drafted in the second round by the Bulls last June.
“He obviously was an advocate for the program, and he told me numerous great things about his time at Florida,” Murphy said. “But ultimately, it was my decision.”
A redshirt sophomore, Murphy said he intends to enroll at Florida in January and will try to apply for a waiver from the NCAA to play next fall. Murphy redshirted his freshman year at Duke due to concussion issues. If Murphy doesn't get the waiver, the earliest he would be eligible to play would be in December of 2014 (the day after final exams for the fall semester). He can begin practicing with the Gators immediately in January.
Murphy was the 15th-ranked player in the Class of 2012 when he initially decided to enroll at Duke. At 230 pounds, Murphy can shoot out to the 3-point line like his brother, but also showed the ability to score off the dribble in high school. But in two-plus years at Duke, the combo forward was unable to find consistent playing time in Duke's deep and talented rotation.
Down the road, Murphy could play a big role in UF's frontcourt. Florida's all-senior starting frontline of Patric Young, Will Yeguete and Casey Prather are graduating at the end of the season. In addition, it appears junior center Damontre Harris' days with the Gators are numbered due to disciplinary issues. Donovan said he doesn't expect Harris to play at UF.
Asked about playing time, Murphy said: “I don't expect anything to be handed to me. I want to earn what I get. That's why I wanted to come to a big-time program like Florida. I want to come in, play my role and show the coaches what I'm capable of doing and how I can contribute to the team.”
Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.