Less than 2 weeks ago, word broke that former big-time recruit Alex Murphy was set to transfer from Duke, and now, we have confirmation of his next destination.
Duke transfer Alex Murphy told ESPN he is transferring to Florida. Knows Billy Donovan and program well — brother Erik played for Gators.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) December 18, 2013
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman (among others) is reporting that Murphy is heading to play for Billy Donovan and the Florida Gators beginning in the 2014-2015 season. Florida was long considered to be the “favorite” for Murphy’s services, but it wasn’t necessarily a slam dunk, despite the familial connection with his older brother, Erik.
Murphy was the 41st ranked player in the country coming out of high school in 2011, but he quickly ran into a playing time problem in Durham that didn’t appear to be fixable. In 36 career games with the Blue Devils, Murphy averaged just 6.3 minutes per game, and while he has flashed a varied (and talented) offensive skillset, the 6-foot-9 forward simply couldn’t crack the rotation for Coach K and company.
Florida seems to be a better fit, but Murphy’s stock is probably at an all-time low, given the lack of productivity at the major college level. Still, Billy Donovan has a way of turning fringe assets into big-time players, and Murphy could be the next in a long line of long, talented forwards in Gainesville.