It was learned Wednesday that five-star recruit Jamal Murray from Orangeville, Ontario (Canada) will reclassify to the 2015 class and attend Kentucky this fall.
With John Calipari losing seven players to the NBA draft, the addition of Murray will help immensely. Murray is a 6’4” combo guard with a vast array of moves, and who will likely be penciled in as a starter for Calipari next season. He is now ranked as the No. 12 player in the 2015 class by Scout.com.
After visiting both Kentucky and Oregon (his two finalists), Murray felt Kentucky was the right fit.
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“At first it was just distance,” Murray said during his announcement on TSN in Canada. “Being able to stay a little bit closer to my parents. And then looking at the history of Kentucky [putting players in the NBA], made me want to go there even more.”
Murray, a Canada native and one of the best guards in high school basketball, was previously considered a member of the 2016 class. The possibility of moving his graduation up a year has been a thought for several months, but things really heated up for Murray after his standout performance at April’s Nike Hoop Summit. Against some of the best American players in the 2015 class, Murray was arguably the best player on the court, winning MVP and finishing with 30 points and five assists to help lead the World team to a win over the USA squad.
Murray will join another elite class at Kentucky that already includes five-star players Skal Labissiere and Isaiah Briscoe, four-star guard Charles Matthews and JUCO shooting sensation Mychal Mulder.