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Erik Murphy

  • Full Name: Erik Murphy
  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-10 / 240
  • Birthdate: October 26, 1990
  • College: Florida
Chicago Bulls Round 2: Pick 49
 

- Draft Night Press Conference

Strengths
- Great 3-point shooter
- Mobility
- Improving low-post game

Weaknesses
- Needs to get stronger and more physical
- Has to become a more consistent rebounder

NBA projection
Murphy is in the second-round-to-undrafted category. But he’s got a chance to make an NBA roster because he’s a true face-up four man who can make 3s and score at the rim. Could be a useful pick-and-pop guy in the NBA.

2012-13 Season
Murphy earned first-team All-SEC honors from the league’s coaches and the Associated Press this season while leading Florida to its third consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight. He led the Southeastern Conference in 3-point percentage (.453) and was sixth in made 3-pointers per game (2.0).

Key statistics
12.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.4 tpg, 26.4 mpg, .516 FG, .453 3PT, .784 FT

Cool statistic
Murphy was too tough for Wisconsin to handle in a mid-November game; he didn’t miss a shot. Murphy was 10 of 10 from the field, including 2 for 2 from 3, and he also made both his free-throw attempts.

Reminds me of...
Matt Bonner

What Insiders Say
Florida assistant coach Matt McCall
“You watch Erik [as a sophomore] and he was more just a spot up 3-point shooter. I don’t know if anyone felt real confident if the ball was dumped into the post, strength-wise and everything else, that Erik could do anything with it. Now we want the ball going inside to him. We feel great that he’s going to make a good strong move, and eight times out of 10 score the ball.”

What Outsiders Say
LSU coach Johnny Jones
"If he has any daylight, he's great at getting his feet set, knocking down shots. You try to run off him and double, he's a great passer, and can get it back out to his other shooters."

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch