Another Bonner?


After completing his 2008 class, Florida coach Billy Donovan is again venturing to the New England region to fill a spot in the Class of 2009.

Erik Murphy, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward who wears size 15 sneakers, held a private workout last weekend at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass. Donovan was among an A-list group of Division I coaches in attendance, a group that included Boston College’s Al Skinner, Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt, UCLA’s Ben Howland and North Carolina’s Roy Williams.

Murphy has already visited the Florida campus and a scholarship offer is on the table. But scholarship offers also have come from Boston College, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Marquette, Ohio State and Syracuse.

Why the fuss? Murphy is close to 6-10 and could grow to 6-foot-11 by the time he reaches a college campus. He’s a skilled big man who is a versatile enough ball-handler and passer to play both forward positions.

Murphy also comes from great bloodlines. His father, Jay Murphy, was a former Boston College standout and second-round NBA draft pick who played four seasons in the league with the Los Angeles Clippers and Washington Bullets. His mother also was a former women’s college basketball player.

“There were concerns that he would be overmatched physically when he was a freshman, but each year he’s gotten stronger,” said national recruiting analyst Jeff Goodman. “He’s so fundamentally sound, so coachable. He might be a better Matt Bonner. I think he’s more versatile and has more size.”