Anything that could have gone wrong for the Gophers men's basketball team did this season. Minnesota finished their regular season with a thud Saturday, falling to Rutgers 75-52 and handing the Scarlet Knights their only Big Ten victory.
Minnesota wasn't much better. The Gophers won just two Big Ten games, finishing the season at 8-22. They open the Big Ten tournament on Wednesday afternoon against Illinois.
The team was selected by all 14 Big Ten coaches, with the conference announcing results of the voting Monday.
Murphy, who was a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, becomes the first Gopher player to be named to the All-Freshman team in 11 years, and just the third all-time (Kris Humphries in 2004, Dan Coleman 2005) are the others.
Murphy averaged 11.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for the Gophers. His nine double-doubles are tied for the most in the Big Ten.
The Daily Gopher called Murphy a "constant and reliable inside presence" during what was a tumultuous season for the Gophers.
He scored in double figures 20 times this year, putting up his career-high 24 points in a victory over Clemson in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. He also set a new Gopher single-game rebound record, when he grabbed 18 boards against Chicago State.
The rest of the conference's All-Freshman team included Indiana's Thomas Bryant, Maryland's Diamond Stone, Purdue's Caleb Swanigan and Wisconsin's Ethan Happ.