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23 - Jamal Murray

Kentucky 

  • Birthday: 2/23/97
  • NBA Position: PG/SG
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-4
  • Wt: 205
  • Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
  • High School: Athlete Institute
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Overall

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2016
Mock:  5

NBA Comparison: Jeff Hornacek

Strengths: A very polished and clutch performer for his age ... Murray is a combo guard, but in a good way, at 6'4" and 207 lbs he possess the size to play both guard positions ... Has shown the ability to play off the ball as a freshmen at Kentucky ... Has three point range that must be respected by his defender ... Takes open driving lanes when he sees them ... Can really attack defenses when going downhill ... Comfortable finishing in the lane and has a variety of shots to finish in the paint ... Uses his athleticism to be a creative finisher around the rim ... Thrives in the clutch. Not afraid of the big moments or the big stage ... Plays with a calming presence at all times ... Never seems rattled or off his game ... NBA-level athlete that will pose a problem for opposing point guards in the league ... A natural scorer (currently averaging better than 18 PPG) ... Makes putting the ball in the basket look effortless ... Moves well without the ball ... Very good in catch and shoot situations ... Possesses the ability to get hot from deep (shot 8/10 from three against Florida and 7/9 from three against Ohio State) ... Shoots a lot, but has a true shooting percentage of 55.2% ... Above average rebounder on the defensive glass for a combo guard (almost 6 RPG per 40 minutes)

Weaknesses: Hasn't played with the ball as much as anticipated, and not playing much PG in college games isn't developing his skill at the position ... The doubts about his ability to play full time PG could cosh him a few draft positions ... In limited situations looks timid with the ball when not attempting to score ... The tools and effort are there for Murray to be an above average defender, but will often lose focus off the ball ... Will gamble for steals and hurt the team defensively ... Might be the role Calipari is asking him to play, but looks like he would be a score first point guard at this stage of his development ... Not much of a playmaker for others (averaging only 2.3 assists per game) ... Can become too dependent on his outside shot in games (3/12 against Tennessee, 1/10 against NJIT, 2/9 against Eastern Kentucky) ... High volume shooter (averages 15 shots a game) ... Too turnover prone, especially for an off guard, with 2.6 turnovers per game and a turnover rate of 13.6% ... Doesn't have outstanding length with only a 6'6.5" wingspan ... Can he blow by NBA level athletes consistently and keep defenders from crowding him ...

Overall: Murray is a player that has shown glimpses of being a special player during his time at UK ... His combination of athleticism and shooting prowess makes him a tough guard for most defenders ... Still young and would need to develop into a better point guard to reach his full potential ...

Notes: Measured at 6'3, 193 lbs, with a 6'7 wingspan at the 2014 Nike Elite 100 ... Measured 6'5 (in shoes) 199 lbs, with a 6'8 wingspan at the 2014 LeBron James Skills Academy ... Murray reclassified into the 2015 class, he's one of the youngest players in college basketball (born February 23rd, 1997) ... Has significant international experience in FIBA play with Canadian Men's National Team (2015 Pan Am Games, 2014 U-17 World Championships, 2013 U-16 Americas Championships ... Two-time Nike Hoop Summit participant (averaged 20 points, five assists, 3.5 rebounds and shot 50 percent from three) ... MVP of 2015 Nike Hoop Summit and 2013 Jordan Brand Classic International games ... Known to meditate before every game ...

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