Rutgers Adds Local Star To Basketball Staff

Double G SportsCorrespondent IJune 22, 2010

16 Feb 1999: Eric Murdock #5 of the New Jersey Nets in action during the game against the Detroit Pistons at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Nets defeated the Pistons 97-82.
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Eric Murdock is a man that knows what it takes to be successful. A man that knows basketball. In Eric Murdock, Rutgers is getting a class act.

Murdock has been added to the Rutgers University Men's Basketball Staff. The Bridgewater native and current resident will take the role of Director of Player Development.

The guy has done it all on the local basketball scene. In high school, at Bridgewater-Raritan, Murdock led the Panthers to a state championship. He's played collegiate ball in the Big East for the Providence Friars (that's where Murdock got his nickname, "Man of Steal,") and earned his reputation as a shut-down defender.

Murdock's 376 career steals are currently the third most all-time. The record was once his, however. During his time with the Friars, Murdock had also become the third all-time leading scorer in school history with 2,021 points.

Murdock became a first-round NBA draft pick in 1991 for the Utah Jazz . He played nine seasons in the NBA, including some time with the New Jersey Nets   .

Recently, Murdock had been coaching on the AAU level in the area and coaching basketball at the Pingry School in Martinsville.

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