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GAINESVILLE -- Alex Murphy wants to continue the family tradition.

After his older brother, Erik, developed into an All-SEC power forward with the Gators, Murphy, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound combo-forward, decided to transfer to Florida following two-plus seasons at Duke.

***** UPDATE *****

Florida officially confirmed Murphy's transfer late Thursday afternoon. 

"We're excited about having Alex join our team," coach Billy Donovan said. "We obviously know his family well and look forward to having Alex here."

The redshirt sophomore will enroll at UF in January and become eligible to play next December baring a hardship wavier.

“At the end of the day, it was just my comfort level with the program and coaches,” Murphy told The Gainesville Sun. “It was a gut feeling. It was where I wanted to be.”

Murphy chose UF over Rhode Island, Providence and Northeastern.

He announced his decision on Twitter.

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 Erik, a rookie on the Chicago Bulls who starred on UF's three straight Elite Eight teams, tweeted out his support too.

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Murphy was a highly rated recruit in the 2011 Class (four-star, No. 45 overall), but the stretch-four struggled to break into coach Mike Krzyzewski’s rotation. While Murphy must earn his stripes at UF, the forward could play a key role in Florida’s frontcourt next season. The Gators graduate three seniors -- Patric Young, Will Yeguete, Casey Prather -- while South Carolina transfer Damontre Harris is unlikely to ever suit up at UF and freshman Chris Walker and sophomore Dorian-Finney Smith could leave early for the NBA.

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