Eric Murdock

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Eric Murdock
No. 14, 3, 5
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1968-06-14) June 14, 1968 (age 46)
Somerville, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Bridgewater-Raritan West
(Bridgewater, New Jersey)
College Providence (1987–1991)
NBA draft 1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Pro playing career 1991–2004
Career history
1991–1992 Utah Jazz
19921995 Milwaukee Bucks
1995–1996 Vancouver Grizzlies
1996 Denver Nuggets
1996–1997 Teamsystem Bologna (Italy)
1997–1998 Miami Heat
1999 New Jersey Nets
1999–2000 Los Angeles Clippers
2002 Grand Rapids Hoops (CBA)
2002–2003 Kinder Bologna (Italy)
2003 Jersey Squires (ABA)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 5,118 (10.1 ppg)
Rebounds 1,261(2.5 rpg)
Assists 2,467(4.9 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Eric Lloyd Murdock (born June 14, 1968) is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Utah Jazz in the 1st round (21st overall) of the 1991 NBA Draft.

Murdock grew up in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey,[1] and played high school basketball at Bridgewater-Raritan High School West.[2][3]

A 6'1" point guard, Murdock then played at Providence College, and held several school records at the time of his graduation, including most career steals (376, also an NCAA record that held until 2002), most points in conference games in a season (435, also a Big East record), most points in a game (48, another Big East record) and most free throws in a season (238).[4] His skills at PC earned him the nickname "the Man of Steal."[5] Murdock played 9 seasons in the NBA from 1991-2000. He played for the Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks, Vancouver Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat, New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Clippers. His best year as a pro came during the 1993-94 season as a member of the Bucks, appearing in 82 games (76 starts) and averaging 15.3 ppg. In his NBA career, Murdock played in 508 games and scored a total of 5,118 points.[6]

He has also played in Italy for Teamsystem Bologna (1996–1997, reached the Italian Championship finals) and Virtus Bologna (2002–2003).[7]

On January 24, 1995 in a game against the Houston Rockets, Murdock drilled a 75-footer at the buzzer in the third quarter.

From 2010 to 2012, Murdock served as the director of basketball player development for Rutgers University, working with Rutgers coach Mike Rice. He is currently involved in a wrongful termination legal action with the school. Murdock acted as a whistleblower by showing recordings of Rice launching homophobic slurs to players to Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti in late 2012, leading to the eventual firing of Rice and the resignation of Pernetti in April 2013.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE N.B.A. PLAYOFFS; Murdock Regrets a Gesture In Emotion of the Moment". The New York Times. May 3, 1998. Retrieved 2008-01-01. "While he was growing up in Bridgewater, sports gave Eric Murdock a chance to forget that his father abandoned him, sometimes even that his mother had died when he was 6 months old, killed by a car as she crossed a street." 
  2. ^ Eric Murdock, Basketball-Reference.com. Accessed January 1, 2008.
  3. ^ Eric Murdock called a man of courage for role in release of Mike Rice video
  4. ^ "Eric Murdock Bio". NBA.com. 2002. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  5. ^ McNamara, Kevin (Jan 30, 1991). "It's official: Murdock all-time Man of Steal". Providence Journal. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  6. ^ NBA Murdock statistics
  7. ^ Italian Murdock statistics
  8. ^ Van Natta Jr, Don. "The coach, the assistant and the AD". ESPN.com. Retrieved 6 April 2013.