Canada has made a major contribution to college basketball in the United States. One of its “favorite sons,” Jamal Murray, has accepted a scholarship from the University of Kentucky and will play for the Wildcats as soon as the new 2015-2016 Season gets underway.
Murray, who was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on February 23, 1997 is an eighteen year old Shooting Guard who stands 6’4” tall and weighs one hundred ninety-three pounds. Although still a teenager, Jamal Murray has already caught the attention of National Basketball Association (NBA) scouts
They believe he is a “Five Star Prospect” and a sure-fire first round pick in the NBA Draft if he leaves the University of Kentucky next year and makes himself available to professional teams. Clearly, this young man has “raised eyebrows” with his performances on the hardwood and expectations for him are high.
Jamal Murray played basketball for Orangeville Prep High School in the Canadian province of Ontario and led that team to winning records in each of his four years at the school. His stellar performances earned him recognition from scouts representing American universities.
The young star-in the-making received attention, and visits, from Head Coaches of several major American colleges. But it was a direct meeting with Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari that convinced the teenaged Canadian to accept a scholarship from the University of Kentucky.
Jamal Murray will be an immediate starter for the Wildcats and many believe he will leave school in 2016 and make himself eligible for the NBA Draft. Meanwhile, he will have the current basketball season to showcase his considerable skills.
Murray, who played for Team Canada in this year’s Pan American Games and in the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit Game where he netted thirty points and Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors, is someone who is known as a great outside shooter and a superior ball handler who can drive to the hoop for easy lay-ups.
The Shooting Guard is also a tenacious defender who uses his quick hands and feet to run the floor effectively and to steal the ball from careless opponents.
His skill set is undeniable and already coveted by professional teams that can imagine him scoring in double digits on a nightly basis. The truth is that NBA teams look at Jamal Murray and see “instant offense.”
The upcoming college basketball season is going to be critically important to this young and developing Canadian basketball player. If he lives up to the hype, he can reasonably expect to get drafted in the first round in 2016. That would lead to an incredibly lucrative contract.
If, however, he fails to play at the level expected of him, he may have to stay in school for at least a second season to get a second a chance to excel at the collegiate level.
Clearly, the 2015-2016 Season is an early “make-or-break” year for Jamal Murray.
Courtesy of CBS Sports