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Murphy's father, former Boston College and NBA forward Jay Murphy, approached Herren to mentor his son over the summer. Murphy was arrested last April with teammate Cody Larson outside of a bar in St. Augustine for allegedly trying to break into a car. As part of his plea deal on misdemeanor criminal trespass charges, Murphy underwent a substance abuse evaluation and cannot drink alcohol or use controlled substances for one year.
"I told Erik, if that's the worst mistake that he makes than he's lived a pretty good life," Herren said. "If he can turn this mistake around and use it for a positive, and I think Erik will, he will be great. Erik, I care about as a person more than a basketball player and I think he will handle this and learn from it.”
Murphy said he learned a great deal from Herren both on and off the court.
"He's been great with me, working-out wise and helping me out," Murphy said. "He had a lot of issues and then I had my little bump in the spring, too. So he's helped me out with that too, so has my family, coach, everybody else."