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Persistence paid off for Murphy

Persistence paid off for Murphy

Erik Murphy almost left Gainesville. After his sophomore season, the forward was averaging 10.8 minutes and wanted more. He thought hard about leaving with people in his ear that were pushing him to find another place to play. But Murphy didn't want to leave. His persistence has paid off with this season, averaging 12.4 points and shooting 46.4% for three on one of the best teams in the country.

"It was tough," Erik Murphy said. "I had a lot of people telling me a lot of different things. When it really came down to it, I talked with Coach and the thing he said was, ‘What do you really want to do? It's your life. You've got to make a decision for yourself.' "For myself, I loved it here and wanted to stay here. When I really thought about it like that, it was a pretty easy decision...

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