Murray Is a Covteted Import

2016 point guard Jamal Murray, who hails from the land up north, is quickly turning into one of the most talented and intriguing point guard prospects out there. His recruitment is quickly heating up, although his focus is on hoops for now.

While the Illini are in search of a point guard in the 2015 class, that hasn't stopped them from lining up targets for that position in the future. Class of 2016 point guard prospect Jamal Murray of Canada picked up an Illinois offer in recent weeks.

Murray is a big point guard at 6'5" tall who knows how to use his physical strengths to his advantage against smaller opponents. The Athlete's Institute star does a great job of seeing the floor and getting his teammates involved.

During the EYBL regular season with CIA Bounce, Murray averaged 11.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per contest. Murray handles it well in the open floor and getting in the paint with a crafty handle. He can also pull up with a solid looking jumper when he's open. Defensively he has a chance to be good with his size and quickness on the perimeter.

Murray, who helped lead his team to a 10-6 record and secure a Peach Jam bid, discussed his spring with CIA Bounce.

"It has gone good," he said. "I just try to do my job and make everyone better. We have a great family here and a great chemistry."

Outside of playing on the EYBL circuit, he also competed in the prestigious Nike Hoop Summit. Murray was a member of the international team both with and against players older than him. He more than held his own in the game, dropping 10 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds.

"I am used to playing against older guys," Murray said. "With this team (CIA Bounce) I am the youngest one on the team. It was great. I played with some great players. The USA team was good."

Murray is already collecting offers including a recent scholarship offer from Illinois, but he isn't too concerned with his recruitment at this point. His big focus right now is success in the EYBL.

"I haven't really thought about it," he said. "Coach had told me Illinois and Michigan State are going to offer. I am not really paying attention to that right now. Just trying to do my job in the EYBL."

In the last few weeks he received an offer from the Illini coaching staff.

"My coach told me," he said. "I wasn't paying attention to it. I don't have twitter or anything. Coach text me and said ‘good job you got an offer from Illinois,'."

Although he is one of the top 2016 point guards, Murray is not really paying attention to recruiting at all and doesn't know too much about the programs recruiting him due to his busy schedule at prep school.

"I don't really watch TV a lot so I don't really follow college basketball," he admitted. "At prep school it is mostly homework and basketball. I don't know much about college basketball in general."

Though he isn't spending too much time thinking about his recruitment right now, he does know what he wants in a school.

"Everything all around," he said. "Academics. If the team fits my style of play. Everybody I can work with. Good coach. Everything has to go together."

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