Kentucky Wildcats' Jamal Murray drafted by Denver Nuggets

Kentucky's Jamal Murray is taking his sharpshooter skills to the Denver Nuggets.

He was the seventh player taken overall in Thursday night's NBA Draft, following LSU's Ben Simmons to the Philadelphia 76ers, Duke's Brandon Ingram to the Los Angeles Lakers, California's Jaylen Brown to the Boston Celtics, European prospect Dragan Bender to the Phoenix Suns, Kris Dunn of Providence to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma's Buddy Hield to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Murray is UK's 20th first-round pick and 26th overall draft pick since head coach John Calipari arrived in Lexington prior to the 2009-10 season. He's the first player from the program to be drafted by Denver, although former UK All-American Dan Issel was a star for the Nuggets following his ABA career.

The 6-foot-5 combo guard from Canada is coming off a freshman season which saw him lead the Wildcats in scoring at 20.0 points per game, the highest figure ever posted by a UK player under Calipari.

He scored 720 points this season for the Cats, setting a new freshman single-season scoring record by surpassing Brandon Knight (657 points in 2010-11). His scoring total was also eighth among all players in UK history.

The Kitchener, Ontario, native posted three 30-point games this season -- the most in school history by a freshman -- and set a new program record with 113 made 3-pointers and at least one trey in every game he played. Murray had a career-high 35 points against Florida, going 8-for-10 from beyond the arc. 

Hailed as one of the top long-range shooters in the 2016 draft, Murray went on a torrid shooting streak in SEC play from Feb. 6 to March 11, knocking down 46 of 85 (54 percent) of his treys. He finished second to NBA MVP Stephen Curry (122) for most 3-pointers by a freshman in NCAA history.

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