33 - Erik Murphy

6-10, 240 Power Forward
Florida Senior
10/26/90 (30.3 yrs)
Southborough, MA
High School
St. Mark's
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Post Skills

NBA Comparison: Matt Bonner

Strengths: Big man that has an excellent ability to stretch the floor and NBA 3 point range … Improved his body a great deal over his time in college … Also improved as a defender and rebounder with the added strength … Shot 45.3% 3PT as a senior, making 2 per game … Made a high percentage of midrange shots and from the free throw stripe … Extremely quick release off the catch-and-shoot … Very proficient at the pick-and-pop, would fill a niche for teams needing an option in that aspect … Lower body strength has also increased, became much more difficult to push off the block and fight for his spot … Developing post game where his shooting touch and height are advantageous … Solid passer, will look for cutters … Had one of the higher offensive efficiency in the SEC and takes good shots … Decent instincts as a shot blocker, will not get off the floor much though has a solid standing reach that can disrupt players near the basket

Weaknesses: Not fast laterally while also lacking straight line speed by NBA PF standards … Big liability as a rebounder on both ends, even with his added strength during his 4 college seasons … Not long, which further hurts him as a defender/rebounder … Gets very little lift, measured at the bottom of the NBA Draft Combine in no-step vertical … As with most shooters, does not get to the line often enough to really hurt you with his solid FT shooting as a big man … Never was relied upon to play center, the position he is most athletically suited to defend at the NBA level … Goes along with him being very one dimensional and when that dimension is not working, can turn into a major issue … Even with his shooting being very high level, not many players fit his description in the league who have lasted a long period of time … 1990 born so a year old for his grade dropping his potential down a notch …

Notes: Older brother of Duke basketball player Alex Murphy and 2017 HS prospect Tomas Murphy … Solid two year starter while at Florida … Presence was definitely a major key as far as Florida being effective in their offense during those seasons … Is of Scandanavian descent and has possible future plans to play for the National Team of Finland … Has been a premier shooter in college basketball for the past two seasons, which at his size makes him an enticing possibility … Still on the fence as to whether he will be drafted, though his connections to Finland could make him a candidate for an EU passport, playing overseas and maybe developing somemore before trying to stick with a NBA team … Was arrested for breaking into a car during time at Florida but the story was blown out of proportion as he was intoxicated with friends and not trying to steal the vehicle …

Michael Visenberg 6/17/13

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