It appears that the early demise of coach John Calipari’s former recruiting prowess was greatly exaggerated as the Kentucky staff was able to secure a commitment from the last remaining 5 star prospect in the 2015 Class, Canadian born point guard Jamal Murray, who is ranked as the #10 overall prospect in the class per ESPN.
He was originally listed in the 2016 recruiting class but decided to reclassify to 2015 following a breakout performance in this year’s Nike Hoops Summit where he led all scorers with 30 points, was named MVP, and helped lead the World over Team USA, made up of the very best American high school ballers.
Murray’s recruitment was a whirlwind following his breakout performance but ultimately chose the Wildcats over Oregon because of UK’s rich history and the potential to play one season of college ball and make the immediate jump to the NBA.
There is a very real possibility that Murray will only play one season at UK, especially after the Wildcats just had another 6 players drafted in last Thursday’s 2015 NBA Draft. They also have had 3 of the last 5 #1 overall picks, including John Wall(2010), Anthony Davis(2012), and Karl Anthony Towns(2015).
Murray now joins fellow elite recruits Skal Labissiere, Isaiah Briscoe, Charles Mathews, and JUCO transfer Mychael Mulder in UK’s vaunted 2015 recruiting class, that recently edged out Duke, who feature four 5 star recruits including Brandon Ingram, Chase Jeter, and Luke Kennard.
The 6’5 Murray has excellent size for the point guard position but will play in a stacked backcourt that also includes the returning Tyler Ulis, as well as Briscoe, and Mulder. One would suspect that Cal will e playing some 3 guard lineups next season to fully capitalize on the Wildcats obvious strength, an imposingly talented and deep backcourt, surrounding potential #1 NBA pick Skal Labissiere in the middle.
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Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, Balltribe.com, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.