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Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by alietigator, Dec 18, 2013.
I was wondering that as well... it certainly can't hurt, right?
I think it helps from a parent's perspective (his parents know what their kids can learn from Billy, know the environment, and trust the program), but it is the kid's decision. Sometimes younger siblings want to make their own trails. I don't think this will make a difference for the kid.
You're definitely right, it probably won't hurt...unless alex were to have a bad time here, but I'm sure Erik will brief him on Billy's style a good bit before he arrives. Tomas and Alex's time here won't overlap at all unfortunately, but it would be pretty awesome if Alex was somehow granted the waiver. That would mean 12 straight years of a Murphy on the team, assuming they all end up 4 year players.
There was a good chance that we'd have been really thin in the frontcourt next season. This is a great boost.
Welcome to the Gator family Alex! Actually you were already a part of it since your brother played here. Here's to continuing the legacy!
Congrats Alex. Will be a great move for him and we really need another big for next year.
Why exactly did he not choose UF in the first place? I think its really big of Billy to take a kid after he spurned UF originally - and his brother had flourished under Billy. Am I missing something?
Well, you recruit a bunch of guys but you can only sign a fraction of them. I'm sure Billy doesn't think he was "spurned." Maybe Alex always wanted to be a Dookie. Doesn't matter now. He's a Gator.
I think Billy knows a little about making the wrong decision and doing something about it. Hard to fault a 17 year old making a decision that tough.
As highly as Donovan is regarded, Alex chose Duke and Coach K. It is really hard to say that is a bad choice or that he spurned the Gators.
When Alex committed Erik hadn't started a game yet and I believe he was also in trouble for the St. Augustine thing, so the big brother thing probably wasn't the best connection at the time. The lats two years of Erik's career and his ability to get to the league have obviously changed the dynamic entire and thus worked to our benefit. Plus, Duke talked Alex into coming a year early and he expected to get immediate playing time with Singler's pending departure, but the concussion and some of Duke's subsequent small ball pushed him out of the rotation.
I went over and took a look at a Duke message board. The majority seemed to think that Murphy played well when called upon, but never was given much of a chance. One said that he was glad Murphy was transferring, not because Murphy wasn't good enough, but because it would put a spotlight on good players not getting an opportunity in recent years at Duke.
I believe he said somewhere that he is going to file an appeal with the NCAA to see if he can play the full year next year rather than merely from Dec 15 through March.