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Kentucky Wildcats' Jamal Murray a Freshman All-America Pick

Kentucky's Jamal Murray was named a Freshman All-America selection on Wednesday by the USBWA.

Murray was joined by California's Jaylen Brown, Marquette's Henry Ellenson, Duke's Brandon Ingram and LSU's Ben Simmons on the team.

Last week, Murray was named to the Sporting News Freshman All-America Team.

The native of Canada leads Kentucky (26-8) in scoring at 20.1 points per game as the Wildcats prepare to open the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night against Stony Brook in Des Moines, Iowa. It marks the highest scoring average of any player since coach John Calipari arrived at UK for the 2009-10 season. His 685 points has established a new freshman scoring record for the Cats, surpassing Brandon Knight's 657 points in 2010-11.

Murray has posted three 30-point games this season, including 35 against Florida to tie Terrence Jones' school record for a freshman.

He is the first Wildcat to reach double figures in 32 straight games since Jodie Meeks accomplished that in the 2008-09 season. His streak of 12 consecutive games with 20 or more points ended in the SEC championship game, but matched the longest streak by a UK player since Kevin Grevey in 1974-75.

One of the most dangerous outside shooters in the college game, Murray has made at least one 3-pointer in every game this season. His 110 treys signifies a new freshman record at UK, shattering Knight's previous mark of 87. Current NBA MVP Steph Curry holds the NCAA freshman record of 122.

Murray and the Cats play Stony Brook on Thursday at approximately 9:40 p.m. ET on CBS.


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