There is no questioning that in the midst of the Kentucky Wildcats’ unexpectedly disappointing season, there has been one big bright spot. That bright spot is freshman Jamal Murray, who joined John Calipari’s team as a five-star recruit last summer.
Murray has played like one of the best freshman in the country and if he were to decide to leave for the NBA this year, he would undoubtedly by a first-round selection if not a lottery pick. The Wildcats promoted Murray’s season with a cool Instagram post Sunday evening.
We’ve talked a lot today about Tyler Ulis, but how about what Jamal Murray is doing this season … – He’s averaging 18.8 points per game. If the season ended today, he would easily beat Brandon Knight’s mark of 17.3 for the best in the Calipari era – Murray’s 18.8 points per game ranks fifth nationally among freshmen – He ranks 19th nationally among all players with 76 made treys – Murray is now tied with Darius Miller at 25 games for the most consecutive contests with a made 3-pointer in the Calipari era – Murray has combined for 85 points in the last three games, the most by a freshman in a three-game span in school history
As the post says, Murray is averaging 18.8 points per game, which will surpass Brandon Knight’s 17.3 points per game, the best under Calipari. He is also now tied with Darius Miller at 25 games for the most consecutive contests with a made 3-pointer in the Calipari era.
The Wildcats are 19-6 right now, a far cry from their undefeated run in the 2014-15 season. If they want to make a run at the SEC Tournament Championship, they will have to rely heavily on the performance of both Tyler Ulis and Murray.
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