Does Murphy fit?

Duke transfer Alex Murphy

Duke officially announced on Friday morning that forward Alex Murphy will transfer. The younger brother of former Florida forward Erik Murphy, Alex could potentially target Florida as a school of interest when he leaves Duke at the end of the semester. It looks like a fit that could benefit both sides.

Alex Murphy would be eligible to play at another school when the 2014 fall semester is over. If Murphy picks Florida, it wouldn't change anything about this season for Florida. He would be another body in practice, which could be valuable for the Gators, but it isn't a bad move. Florida is still under the scholarship limit and could handle the addition of one more player this year.

The addition could help next year's depth chart.

Florida gets hit hard in the frontcourt after this season. Casey Prather, Will Yeguete and Patric Young will all graduate. There's a chance -- although not a good one -- that redshirt sophomore Dorian Finney-Smith could test the NBA waters if his season improves, but that would be a surprise at this point of the year.

Freshman big man Chris Walker is expected to join the team in the next two weeks, but the former McDonald's All-American has the ability to leave for the NBA after just a half of a season. That doesn't seem likely at this point with the other big men on the Florida roster this season seeing plenty of playing time, but it is still possible.

The real wildcard is Damontre Harris. If he held up his end of the bargain off the court, the frontcourt depth next season wouldn't be a problem. However, Billy Donovan now isn't optimistic about him returning to help the Gators.

For the sake of Murphy's situation, we'll assume that Finney-Smith and Walker both return and Harris doesn't return. That gives Florida likely its starting lineup during the 2014-15 season with Finney-Smith and Walker both likely starting at two forward positions without a true center on the roster.

But what other big men could contribute?

Walk-on Jacob Kurtz will be a senior next year and is already playing more minutes than expected this season. He could be counted on for more minutes next season. Incoming freshman Devin Robinson is 6-8 and has size to get rebounds, but he's expected to be more of a wing for the Gators.

That's where Murphy could come in. He was listed at 6-8 while being recruited but is 6-9 on the Duke official roster, weighing 230 pounds. Even though Murphy wouldn't be able to play until next December if he does elect to transfer to Florida, he would be able to help the Gators off the bench and be able to attack the rim.

He doesn't have the same type of game as his brother. Alex doesn't have the same three-point shot as his Erik but is more athletic. Playing time has been an issue at Duke, but he could eat some minutes for the Gators next season. He is an ideal fit at small forward, but Donovan and the Florida staff could push him into minutes at power forward if needed.

Murphy might not be the perfect fit of a post player, but he could be an important piece to fill the needs up front for the Gators next season -- if he elects to transfer to Florida. There's also the chance the Gators could sign another high school big man during the spring signing period.

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