As expected, Alex Murphy announced his plans earlier this week to transfer from Duke to Florida. The Gators were one of the finalists to land him three years ago when he chose to play for Coach K.
It is a bit of a surprise move (like why did he not pick Florida from the beginning to play with his older brother Erik), but I wish him the best of luck. Hopefully he will receive more playing time under Billy Donovan next year. Murphy will be eligible to play in the second semester next season (2014-2015), which is when the Gators will need him the most (when conference play begins). He will have one more season of eligibility left after that.
His signing to play at Florida may help the Gators recruit the youngest Murphy, Tomas, who is just a freshman in high school.
In other news, there was a rumor flying about on Monday that Kendall McCravey-Cooper, a freshman on the women’s basketball team, was going to transfer from Duke. It came from Bret McCormick, who is the publisher of All-Star Girl Report (according to his Twitter bio). At first, I was not truly surprised, considering she has been getting a lot less playing time than I thought she would get (especially since she played alot during the exhibition games).
She took to Twitter, calling it all lies:
She even played in the Blue Devils loss to number one UConn that night and had a solid game last night against Albany. It is good to see her stick it out (even if it all was just an ugly rumor) because some kids expect to play right away and if they do not, they quickly give up and transfer. Her and fellow freshman Oderah Chidom will be a huge part of the Duke future.