Many of the major pieces have already come together for the 2015-16 college basketball season but one of the great unknowns is five-star Class of 2016 point guard Jamal Murray. The native of Canada burst into the national spotlight with a 30-point performance in the prestigious Nike Hoop Summit in April and he might reclassify to the Class of 2015.
After recently taking a visit to Kentucky, Murray is considering the Wildcats along with Oregon, according to a report from David Ebner of The Globe and Mail. The 6-foot-3 guard will also make a decision on his future in June, according to his father.
The key, Roger Murray said, is to see where Jamal would have the best opportunity.
Murray is likely to decide by June. High school players typically decide by the national letter-of-intent deadline, which this year was set for May 20 – but Murray has rushed to complete additional schoolwork so he can play college hoops this fall, instead of the planned 2016. To do so, he would bypass the letter-of-intent deadline and sign a letter of financial aid at some later point.
“You have to have some knowledge of where everyone is coming from,” Roger Murray said of recruiting. “Just maintain your structure, of the original way you wanted to go, without getting caught up in the whole hoopla of it. It’s a delicate balance.” Asked about his son’s ability and readiness for college basketball, Roger is emphatic: “Without a doubt.”
As the No. 15 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Murray is a big-time prospect and after the Hoop Summit performance, his stock is sky high. If he ends up at Kentucky or Oregon next season, he could be the type of backcourt addition that significantly improves both teams immediately.