Kentucky Wildcats freshman guard Jamal Murray is “not expected” to play for Team Canada in this fall’s FIBA Americas tournament, per reports from ZagsBlog and TSN’s Josh Lewenberg.
It’s rough news for Murray, but Wildcats coach John Calipari has spoken of a “drop-dead” date regarding his five-star commit’s status, specifically by when he must be on campus. Classes in Lexington start on August 26, and though Team Canada is currently just in training camp, the FIBA America’s tournament takes place in Mexico City from August 31 to September 12. September 1 is the last day students have to add new classes as well as withdraw and receive a refund.
Murray is expected to come off the bench while Cory Joseph starts, but his strong performance in the Pan-Am Games suggests that Team Canada would love to have him on the roster.
Unfortunately, Murray made a commitment to Kentucky the moment he signed a letter of intent to play for the university and as exciting as the prospect of representing his home country in its quest for an Olympic bid may be, academics are going to have to come first in this case unless he decides to skip out on Kentucky, play for Team Canada and then try and follow the same road as Emmanuel Mudiay, who opted to play internationally and was then picked seventh overall by the Denver Nuggets in June’s NBA Draft.
Campus Sports will update Murray’s situation as any new information becomes available.
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