UK adds 5-star guard Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray

As seven former University of Kentucky basketball players wait to hear their names called in tonight’s NBA Draft, the Wildcats have added another major recruit to their 2015-16 squad.

Five-star guard Jamal Murray announced Wednesday evening he has committed to UK and will reclassify into the 2015 class. He should be eligible to play when the Wildcats get back on the court this fall.

Murray chose the Wildcats over a handful of other schools that were recruiting him. He made two official visits — one to UK, one to Oregon — before making the announcement on Wednesday.

A 6-foot-5 combo guard, Murray should play several roles for the Wildcats as they look to replace the Harrison twins, Devin Booker, and other key backcourt players from their record-setting 2014-15 squad. Murray can run the point, but with UK also bringing back sophomore Tyler Ulis and incoming five-star freshman Isaiah Briscoe, it is important that the guard has the ability to play off the ball.

Murray will join a recruiting class that includes Briscoe, guard Charles Matthews, JUCO guard Mychal Mulder, and center Skal Labissiere, considered by many to be the top player of the 2015 class.

The new UK commit showed his potential in April at the Nike Hoop Summit, where he finished with 30 points and five assists and led the World Team to a win over the USA Team, which featured some of the best high school players in America. Murray was given the game’s Most Valuable Player award for his strong performance.

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