Through the 2013 NBA Draft on June 27, former Florida Gators forward Erik Murphy, the team’s leading three-point shooter last season (.453), will be keeping you up-to-date on his Path to the Draft via a weekly blog entry here on OGGOA.
In the middle of a week that has him working out with four different teams, Murphy got in touch with OGGOA to discuss his first four workouts and the experience he had at a Pro Day hosted by Impact Basketball in Las Vegas, NV, from May 30-31.
Just one day after my last entry, on May 25, I flew out to visit with the San Antonio Spurs. My workout with the team was scheduled for May 26, so the day I got in I just went to the gym to get some shots up and grabbed dinner. Some of the other players I was there with, we ended up watching San Antonio play Memphis that night while still at the facility. The Spurs won 104-93 in overtime, so everyone was in a good mood.
The next morning, I got up around 8 a.m., showered and ate breakfast and then went straight into an interview with members of the scouting department. Next was some on-court testing, which was a nice warm-up for the workout that started around 10:30 a.m. There were shooting drills, three-on-three play and then more shooting and skill drills. It was definitely a good day overall, and the workout went well for me.
Andy [Miller], my agent, got some great feedback from San Antonio and president R.C. Buford, who was there to see my workout.
After the workout with the Spurs, I went back to Las Vegas to train before the Impact Basketball Pro Day, which was from May 30-31. It was scheduled more like a team workout than it was a combine. We did a bunch of shooting and skill stuff to start and then wound up playing three-on-three to close it out.
During three-on-three, I shot the ball really well. My team – which included Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State) and Peyton Siva (Louisville) – won every game but one. We all played well individually and together, which was great. There was definitely a lot of good buzz around the gym after that, which is always nice to hear.
From what I was told, representatives from 28 of the 30 teams were there in some shape or form. Like at the combine, I tried not to look at the crowd and see if I recognized any head coaches or general managers, but I know a bunch of assistants and front office people were in attendance watching us. It was nice to have a good day in front of representatives from that many teams.
Erik Murphy made some $$$ for himself here in Vegas. Drilled shot after shot in 3-on-3 play. Lots of potential as a stretch 4
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) May 31, 2013
Erik Murphy really shot the ball extremely well. Made five or six 3-pointers in a row. Had a really nice step-back. Looked great offensively
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 31, 2013
The next three visits I had – with the Detroit Pistons (June 3), Indiana Pacers (June 4) and Orlando Magic (June 5) – were very similar to the Spurs workout. You usually start with some type of testing, whether it’s athletic or medical or flexibility. Then each workout consists of six players going through drills and playing a combination of one-on-one, two-on-two and three-on-three. You want to show your skills during the drills and then prove that you’re ready to compete no matter how the day is going for you when you’re playing head-to-head.
The meeting or interview is usually after the workout. Everybody involved is there, asking you questions and seeing how you react to topics they bring up. Sometimes there is a one-on-one interview after that. I’ve yet to hear anything negative about any of the workouts or meetings. Andy always tells me that he hears positive things from the people he speaks to afterward, which is certainly good news as far as I am concerned.
Sometimes they take us out to lunch after the workouts to treat us to a meal and get a feel for us outside of the facility. I can definitely understand why that would be important to teams. Indiana took all six of us to a steakhouse afterward, which was a lot of fun. I think all the guys really appreciated the great meal.
One thing that stood out for me during the visits were some of the people I got to meet.
With the Pacers, I met up with Kevin Mackey, a scout with the team who actually coached my dad back in college. [Editor’s Note: Mackey was an assistant at Boston College from 1977-1983. Jay Murphy, Erik’s father, played at BC from 1980-84.]
While I was visiting the Pistons, I met Joe Dumars, who is the team president and obviously a legendary player and Hall of Famer, too.
I am in Cleveland right now and have the day off between workouts. I’m basically just hanging out in the hotel room and resting while I get prepared for my workout with the Cavaliers on Friday. There are six more scheduled including two next week, so there should definitely be plenty more to talk about heading into the draft. Be sure to check back next week for my next update!