Jamal Murray Recruiting Update


Jamal Murray Recruiting Update

After scoring a game-high 30 points on Saturday to lead Team World to 103-101 victory over Team USA at the Nike Hoop Summit, Orangeville Prep guard Jamal Murray is now one of the hottest names on the recruiting trail.

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Although the Kitchener native is undecided on whether he will reclassify into 2015, or remain in 2016, there is no doubt that he is ready to play at the collegiate level.

Fielding offers from over 15 different schools, it’s safe to assume that Division-I programs share the same notion. With that being said, here’s a look at the recent Jamal Murray recruiting news following the Nike Hoop Summit.

Murray’s Father Visits Eugene

Prior to the Nike Hoop Summit tipping off on Saturday, Jamal Murray’s father, Roger Murray, took a trip to Eugene to visit the University of Oregon.

According to Andrew Nemec of The Oregonian/OregonLive, Roger Murray thought the Ducks had good facilities.

“It’s good. I stopped by to see what they were about a little bit,” Roger Murray said. “They have good facilities, but it’s about looking at it this year or next year. We just want to see the best option him…”

Oregon is among the many schools Murray is considering, as his former teammate Dillon Brooks plays for the Ducks and is an appealing pitch to possibly lure Murray to Eugene.

In Dana Altman’s system, a combo guard like Murray could thrive, especially since Altman is known to coach to his players strengths. Additionally, Altman’s calm demeanour matches Murray’s, although I can’t say Murray has a reputation of stomping his foot on the floor to get his players attention like Altman does.

Blue Devils Inquire

According to ESPN.com‘s Paul Biancardi, Duke has inquired about Jamal Murray.

Fresh off a National Championship victory, the Blue Devils have already lost “Diaper Dandy of the Year” Jahlil Okafor to the NBA Draft, and will more than likely lose Tyus Jones and Justice Winslow too.

If all three freshman do in fact declare, Murray might have a chance to contribute immediately in Durham. Playing with Grayson Allen, Luke Kennard, Matt Jones, Amile Jefferson and Marshall Plumlee, Murray would have talent to work with while playing at Cameron Indoor.

The Blue Bloods Will be Lining Up for Murray

After such a dominating performance at the Nike Hoop Summit, you can bet that just about every Division-I power five program will be after Murray.

With schools like Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan State, Syracuse, Louisville and Ohio State already interested, it sounds like Murray will have his choice of where he wants to go.

Will Murray Reclassify?

That is the question everybody wants to know. Will he reclassify to 2015? Or he will he return to Orangeville Prep and remain in the class of 2016?

“As for now he’s 2016. If everything lines up for 2015, so it be.” – Roger Murray

Both Murray and his father were reticent about his future, only going as far to say that reclassifying is still an option.

“Reclassifying is still an option,” Murray told Jim Halley of USA Today. “I haven’t put a lot of thought into it. I’ve been very busy. I’m just trying to find a time to sit down with my Dad and my coaches and really discuss it.”

After the BioSteel All-Canadian All Star Game on Tuesday, Murray should have some time to evaluate his future. Given the magnitude of the decision, I would guess that we won’t hear an official decision until the end of this month, or even some time in May.

But with nothing left to prove at this level, everything would indicate that reclassifying to 2015 is on the horizon for Murray.

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