Murphy hires agent

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After a strong four-year career at Florida, Erik Murphy is hoping to follow in his dad’s footsteps and play in the NBA.

Murphy hired Andy Miller of ASM Sports as an agent and is working out in Las Vegas with renowned strength and conditioning coach Joe Abunassar. Miller’s clients have included former Gator center Marreese Speights (Cleveland Cavaliers) and former UF point guard Taurean Green.

The 6-foot-10 Murphy is considered an NBA prospect due the combination of his size and shooting ability. Murphy, who averaged 12.2 points as a senior, led the Southeastern Conference in 3-point shooting percent at 45.3 percent in 2012-13.

Most NBA mock draft websites currently have Murphy projected as a mid second-round pick. Draftxpress currently has Murphy going 48th overall (18th pick, second round) to the Los Angeles Lakers.

“They’ve told us that if he does well in the workouts, he could move up to late in the first round,” said Murphy’s father, Jay Murphy. who played four seasons in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers and Washington Wizards before continuing his career overseas. “But he could also fall out of the draft if he doesn’t work out as well. So it’s a wide range. I think Erik is prepared for what’s in front of him.”

Murphy struggled in his final two Florida games, going a combined 2 of 18 from the floor against Florida Gulf Coast and Michigan. A stomach illness bothered Murphy earlier that week, though he refused to use it as an excuse for his performance. Murphy’s goal moving forward will be earn an invite to the NBA predraft camp in Chicago from May 15-19.

Murphy and senior teammates Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario all graduated over the weekend. Murphy earned his degree and recreation, parks and tourism, while Boynton got his degree in sociology and Rosario got his degree in criminology.

Boynton and Rosario also will try to line up workouts before the NBA draft, but both are considered longer shots to get their names called on June 27. Boynton is working out in Las Vegas with Murphy, while Rosario has returned to his native New Jersey to prepare for the draft.

 

10 COMMENTS

  1. So, Ryan, what qualifies you as a judge of NBA talent? You’re too chicken to even put your last name out there and attach it to your “assessment.” Go tell your mother she wants you…lol. Moron.

  2. Murph will become a very serviceable NBA player. He shoots too well not to. However, Ryan is correct about the softness down in the post. Hopefully, this workout guru bulks him up and he plays with a little more feistiness as he moves forward. Either way, he’ll get and keep a job in the league with his size and shooting touch.

  3. Best part of this article was reading that all 3 Gators Seniors graduated with their degrees. In this era, that is an accomplishment both the players and their coaches should be proud of. Great work Eric, Kenny and Mike!

  4. I totally agree with Ryan and T-Bone. Murphy will be a serviceable player, but he IS soft. Hopefully he can bulk up some in the next few years. But most #3’s in the NBA can bang around a bit more than Murphy. To BSJGator’s post, wow, what a tool. Ryan didn’t put his last name because not many people do, not because of what he posted. Come to think of it, that guy BSJGator didn’t post his last name (or first name), either. Stop being a homer and bring real points to the conversation. You can love the Gators and root for Murphy while still being objective.

  5. He reminds me of another Gator player, Matt Bonner, a high post player with a good shot, who kept improving each year. Murphy showed some real strong defense this year and was willing to bang against opposition players under the basket. BTW, Bonner has been in the NBA for ten years and is playing for San Antonio, one of the favorites to make it to the finals.

  6. I, too, am impressed with the graduation rate for Florida Basketball. Billy ‘D’ is the man, and I wish Murphy nothing but the best.
    And, very few people thought much of Parsons & Lee when they left Florida, and the Bonner example is a great one as well.
    The Gator Basketball career that Murphy had is one that thousands of college basketball players NEVER enjoy: NCAA ELITE 8 finishes, an SEC CHAMPIONSHIP, & a chance to play for a FUTURE HALL OF FAME COLLEGE COACH like Billy ‘D’! -GO GATORS!

  7. I also agree with Ryan etc. Murphy needs to work on his aggressiveness and he is soft which is something he can improve but he didn’t overall in college and that’s a huge concern because one thing you can control is your aggressiveness. But, I think his main problem is his lack of quickness – he’s not quick and that is going to really hurt him in the NBA offensively and defensively. Great shooter, but with a lack of quickness he’ll get destroyed defensively at times since the NBA is mostly one on one and offensively he won’t be taking you off the dribble so it’s just great shooting. I think he need to lose some of the bulk he put on to improve his foot speed. Plus, he’s not a good rebounder for his size at 6′ 10″. All NBA teams will analyze you just like that. I’m sorry, but I don’t think he’s gonna make it in the NBA.

  8. Kevin, You have my Facebook account> I’m asking,if you are amenable, I want you to pick your favorite charity, message me what it is and IF Murphy is selected in the 1st Round I will send a check for $200.00 made out to that charity to the Gainesville Sun and you can forward it. I just want you to verify I didn’t renege if the impossible happens. And whoever is feeding Murphy that kind of assessment should be ashamed. Message me if you are okay with this.