In a move I think we all saw coming, Duke forward Alex Murphy has announced that he will be transferring to Florida, where he’ll play for coach Billy Donovan:
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
Florida always seemed like the most attractive destination for Murphy for all the reasons mentioned in the above tweet: his brother Erik was a star for the Gators, he is familiar with the program, it is an elite program, and the Gators had already done plenty of recruiting of Murphy when he was in high school. In most ways, it was a good fit for both sides.
The one interesting part of all this is that Florida likely presents the biggest uphill battle for playing time amongst all the schools on Murphy’s list. If he goes to a smaller school, you’d have to think he would immediately be plugged in as a starter with significant minutes once eligible, while he will likely face plenty of competition at Florida. Yes, the Gators are an older team at the moment, and a lot of guys will be gone by the time Murphy is eligible, but schools like Florida haul in big-time recruits on a yearly basis, and Murphy is one or two big names away from finding himself in another limited role.
Regardless, best of luck to Murphy. He was a great kid who constantly exhibited a positive attitude throughout his time at Duke, and I wish him nothing but the best when he suits up for the Gators.
Here is something for Duke fans to remember him by: