Five-star basketball recruit Jamal Murray visiting UK

 Posted by at 12:03 AM on May 19, 2015
May 192015
 
Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray

Five-star combo guard Jamal Murray was in Lexington on Monday night for an official visit to UK.

The trip was first reported by Canadian recruiting analyst Elias Sbiet.

Murray — a 6-foot-5 prospect from Kitchener, Ontario — is currently a member of the class of 2016, though he has been eyeing a move to 2015, which would allow him to play college basketball next season.

247Sports analyst Jerry Meyer ranks Murray as the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2016 class. Meyer spoke to the Herald-Leader on Monday afternoon about Murray’s recruitment and the possibility that he might reclassify.

“It’s really looking like he’s going to stick in 2016,” Meyer said. “And it’s questionable whether he plays in college. His draft stock is probably as high as it’ll ever be right now, based on how he played (at the Hoop Summit). And they’re thinking in those terms. So, heck, he might stay out of sight until the (2016) draft.”

As an international prospect, Murray has the option of staying in high school and jumping directly to the NBA in 2016. Meyer said he considers UK and Oregon the two favorites in Murray’s recruitment should he opt to play college basketball.

Murray scored a game-high 30 points to lead the World Select Team to a victory over the United States in last month’s Nike Hoop Summit. He was named the most valuable player of that event.

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