Former Duke Forward Alex Murphy joins Florida Gators

Alex Murphy as shown above, looks to follow in his older brother's footsteps, at his alma mater Florida.

The 6’9, 230 lb. 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. Murphy stated that his older brother, former Gator and also current Chicago Bulls forward Erik Murphy, played a “major” role in his decision. For the Gators, Erik Murphy scored 1,052 career points and was part of three straight Elite Eight teams before being drafted in the second round by the Bulls this previous June. Starting as a redshirt sophomore, Murphy said he intends to enroll at Florida in early January and will attempt to apply for a waiver from the NCAA to play in the fall. Murphy had previously redshirted his freshman year at Duke due to concussion issues. If Murphy doesn't get the waiver he requests, the earliest he would be eligible to play would be next year, in December of 2014 (the day after final exams for the fall semester). He can begin practicing with the Gators immediately in January. A Wakefield, R.I., native, Murphy also considered Rhode Island, Northeastern and Providence. Murphy was the 15th-ranked player in the Class of 2012 when he initially decided to enroll at Duke. "I've gotten a chance to know Coach (Billy) Donovan and the program," Murphy told "I think it's a great fit for me to continue my career. I think they can help me develop as a player - and that I can help them a lot as well."


Murphy is a skilled and versatile forward with the size and physical tools to play either forward position. He excels in the open floor where his economy of motion and breakaway athleticism allow him to cover the court and rise up for explosive finishes. In the quarter court he makes open shots to the arc when his feet are set and handles and passes the ball incredibly well for a player his size. He is a constant mismatch problem with a corresponding basketball I.Q. and feel for the game. Should be interesting to see how Coach Donovan utilizes Murphy into his squad, but sure is a great addition for the Gator program.

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