Northwest prioritizing Murray

Quickly moving up the list of top wings nationally is Seattle Rainier Beach's shooting guard Dejounte Murray. Who is recruiting the 2015 prospect the hardest?

Considering he entered the spring in Scout.com's 2015 Top 50 with eight scholarship offers, it would be hard to classify Dejounte Murray as a sleeper.

However, Murray used the first Nike EYBL session to prove himself as one of the West Coast's top handful of prospects in 2015, while also making a statement that he's one of the top wing scorers in his class.

At 6-foot-5 and 175 pounds with long arms and a Jamal Crawford type frame, the Seattle Rainier Beach shooting guard has elite body control, an increasingly improving three-point shot, the ability to score off the bounce from midrange and in with his pull-up jumper and floater and also has underappreciated passing ability.

Murray has natural instincts on defense that, along with his size, length and lateral quickness, will allow him to defend both the two and three at the next level.

He's quickly establishing himself as a potential Top 25 prospect in the 2015 class and has an extremely high ceiling; he's still on a low point in his developmental curve and should only keep improving with reps and strength.

The four-star prospect has definitely felt the improvement in his game.

"It's coming along real well," Murray said. "I'm getting better and better every day. I'm happy with where my game is at but I'm working on everything, specifically my shooting, defense and handle."

There are five schools showing Murray the most recruiting attention right now.

"I have about eight offers and a lot of interest," he said. "Gonzaga, Washington, California, Oregon and Arizona are all coming at me hard but I'm just enjoying the process. I'm not close to anything."

Murray broke down what he likes about a few of the schools recruiting him the hardest.

Washington: "I love it. It's my hometown, there are a lot of local players - Terrence Ross, Tony Wroten, Brandon Roy, Will Conroy - that came through there. It's a good program."

Gonzaga: "I like how Mark Few runs his offense, he lets his players go and makes sure all the players defend and rebound. I like him a lot."

Cal: "They switched coaches and (Cuonzo Martin) is supposed to watch me a lot in July. Before that, I liked coach (Mike) Montgomery and (Travis) DeCuire."

There are a few aspects of a program that Murray will be looking at when he makes a decision.

"I'm looking for a great program, a great coaching staff and great academic," Murray said. "I want to make sure my family agrees with it."


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