Florida Tech’s Derek Murphy Named Preseason Honorable Mention D2 All-American Team

By  //  October 10, 2019

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The Division II Bulletin announced that Florida Tech redshirt-senior forward Derek Murphy has been named to the Bulletin’s Preseason Honorable Mention All-American team. (FIT Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA (Florida Tech) – The Division II Bulletin announced that Florida Tech redshirt-senior forward Derek Murphy has been named to the Bulletin’s Preseason Honorable Mention All-American team.

Last season, Murphy was voted a Second Team All-SSC selection after finishing as the 2018-19 Sunshine State Conference scoring champion at 23.1 points per game while shooting 42.9% from the floor.

The Detroit, Michigan product reached double-figure scoring in all 28 games for the Panthers as well as recorded 10 double-doubles.

Murphy ranked third in the league in rebounding at 8.2 per game and finished second in total defensive rebounds (160). He was also first in the SSC in minutes per game (36.8) and 15th in steals per game (1.4).

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“Tremendous honor today and deserved recognition for all the hard work Derek has put in,” exclaimed men’s basketball head coach Billy Mims.

“To bounce back from a year sidelined by injury and then lead the best conference in the nation in scoring is remarkable!

“This honor is just the next step in an incredible journey by one of the hardest-working players I’ve ever coached. Derek’s commitment to always getting better is off the charts. He epitomizes Florida Tech’s new motto. ‘The Relentless Pursuit of Greatness’ is a perfect description of Derek Murphy!”

Florida Tech opens the 2019-20 campaign on Nov. 8 as the Panthers face Benedict College in game one of the NCAA South Regional Tip-off Challenge hosted by Auburn-Montgomery in Montgomery, Alabama.

For the latest news, updates and information on the Florida Tech men’s basketball team, visit FloridaTechSports.com.

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