Erik Murphy Chomping At the Bit

        Most of the Florida's attention gets focused on their sharpshooting guards: Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario will combine with a very good four-guard recruiting class to make the Gators one of the two favorites in the SEC. But the player that will take them to the promise land sits in their frontcourt. And it's not heralded NBA Draft prospect Patric Young. It's stretch-power forward Erik Murphy.

        The 6'10" senior played his first major minutes last season, scoring 10.5 points by way of stellar mid-range and perimeter shooting (.421 3-point percentage), mixed with some improving post play. Murphy's offensive versatility creates mismatch issues for opponents, where he can use his size inside, but more so, a soft touch with range on his jumper outside.

        Even though he attempted more than half of his shots from behind the 3-point arc, Murphy still managed to post the fifth-best effective field-goal mark in the SEC last season. If Erik Murphy can give the Florida Gators that much-needed scoring potential in the low-post, one that Patric Young has yet to offer, then Murphy and the Gators should reap the benefits.

By Staff Writer - 8- 11 - 12