Erik Murphy arrived at Florida without eye-catching credentials, but with a jump shot that will take him farther than many of his teammates during the past four seasons.

Murphy is projected to go in the second round of Thursday's NBA draft. But unlike many players taken outside the first round Murphy has a good chance to make an NBA roster because of his shooting ability.

The 6-foot-10, 230-pound Murphy shot 45.3 percent from 3-point range this past season (72 of 159) and 43.8 (131 of 299) in his final two seasons at Florida.

"He has a skill that translates," ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford said Tuesday. "There’s a lot of things that Erik Murphy doesn’t do well, but that one thing he does do well, he really can shoot the basketball."

A power forward with a shooting guard's stroke, Murphy plays an in-demand position in today's NBA, the so-called 'Stretch Four.' The native of Rhode Island also put on a shooting display for onlookers during a recent workout in Las Vegas.

"Stretch fours are in vogue," Ford said. "He did a great workout in Vegas in front of a bunch of NBA teams. I was there. He shot the lights out."

Murphy, Florida's only first-team All-SEC pick last season, ended his Florida career with a thud. He went 0 of 11 from the floor in the Gators' 79-59 loss in the Elite Eight in Michigan, but reportedly had a bout with the flu earlier in the week.

But Murphy's future is bright unlike the other two Gators hoping to be drafted, guards Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario.

Boynton and Rosario were McDonald's All-Americans in high school, but neither has the size or skill set the NBA seeks.

Ford said Boynton "probably is going to have to get a passport" to play professional basketball, yet the former high school and college star remains hopeful. Meanwhile, Rosario, who led Florida last season with a scoring average of 12.5 points, will have to shine in summer league because he "is not generating much interest," Ford said.

Murphy, on the other hand, is projected in Ford's latest mock draft to go No. 54 to the Washington Wizards. Draftexpress.com, another respected source for NBA draft news, rates Murphy the No. 53 prospect.

Neither Boynton nor Rosario are in the top 100.

"You can see teams using him as a stretch four that spots up in the corners and just nails those corner 3s," Ford said of Murphy. "He can do that at the next level.  He’ll be a role player. He’ll be a specialist.

"But he’s the type of player that I see as a really valuable second-round pick, and he can make a roster."

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