Kentucky Wildcats star shooting guard Jamal Murray will leave school and enter the NBA Draft, according to a post on Kentucky’s official Twitter.
Jamal Murray announces he is bound for the NBA Draft.
"I made Kentucky my second home." We were glad to have you, Jamal." #WeAreUK
— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) April 1, 2016
Murray, a five-star talent from Canada, performed just as advertised upon arriving in Lexington. He led Kentucky with 20 points per game and also chipped in 5.2 rebounds. Murray also shot 45 percent from the field and 40 percent from long range. Though half of his shots came from long range, that was more because of Wildcats coach John Calipari switching to a guard-oriented offense this season as opposed to his usual dribble-drive.
And Murray is regarded as a top NBA prospect for sure. DraftExpress currently projects him as sixth overall to the New Orleans Pelicans in its latest mock draft, while NBADraft.net has him going seventh to the Sacramento Kings.
Either way, though there are sure to be some people who crow about Murray becoming just another Kentucky one-and-done, consider the following. He actually almost wound up skipping college because the Canadian national team wanted him to come play for them at the Olympic qualifiers, and the practices and game days conflicted with when he was required to be on campus.
Either way, this year’s NBA Draft class just got another key member alongside LSU forward Ben Simmons. Stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on Jamal Murray’s path to the NBA!
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