TOC: Erik Murphy Spotlight

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- An injury is keeping Erik Murphy off the court this weekend, but it's not stopping him from touring the Tar Heel campus and meeting with the UNC coaches.

"I want to get out there so bad," Murphy said Saturday from the sidelines after watching his teammates play at the Tournament of Champions.

The 6-9 1/2, 207-pound forward twisted his knee a week ago and is awaiting the MRI results as a precautionary measure before returning to action. While he didn't get an opportunity to showcase his game this weekend, Murphy has thrived of late in a combo forward role.

"I bring an inside-outside game, I'm versatile," he said. "I can shoot it or go down low. I'm working on my ball handling, but I'm going to try to stay in between because it gives me more options."

Murphy grew up in Rhode Island, but now attends St. Mark's School in Southborough, Mass. This was his first time in the state of North Carolina and he took advantage of the opportunity by touring the UNC and Duke campuses before the tournament began and will return to UNC after the tournament concludes.

"I walked around with the coaches, looked at the facilities, they took me to the office -- both programs have a great history -- and they showed me that with some videos," he said.

It's still quite early in Murphy's recruiting process, as he's only a rising junior, and so the purpose of the visits was an in-person look at the programs and a first opportunity to meet the coaches.

"Both of them were pretty much introductions," Murphy said. "I've gotten mail from them before and they've called my dad and my coach a couple times, but this is the first time I've met with them and gotten to know them."

Sunday's return trip to the Tar Heel basketball office will include a meeting with head coach Roy Williams.

"I think I'm going to talk to Coach Williams and then I need to get back to school for finals," he said

Murphy already has offers from Boston College, Virginia and Marquette, and has an increasingly growing list of schools in-touch with him on a regular basis.

"I took a visit to UConn in the fall, Florida is showing interest now – I'm really just taking it as it goes and having fun with it," he said. "My dad [Jay] played at BC, so there are a lot of people saying I'll go to BC because my dad went there, but that's not true at all – I'm open right now."

Has the trip to N.C. peaked his interest in the two schools?

"Since these visits, I'm definitely interested," Murphy said. The history here … there's no place better, really."

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