Player: Jamal Murray
School: Orangeville Prep (Canada)
The first thing I said to someone upon seeing Murray in action Dec. 13 was, "he's a pro." I don't normally say that, but Murray is a big-time performer. Body wise, he reminds me of Jason Kidd. He's close to 6-5, has a strong frame and possesses Kidd's aggressive nature on the court. This guy is all business.
Skill wise, Murray's got the total package. He is an excellent ball-handler, has an explosive first step, sees the floor well, makes good decisions and can nail it from beyond the arc. Murray's strength enables him to take the bump in the lane, and finish in the paint.
With some prospects, it normally takes a minimum of three looks to get a legit feel for their ability, and to project what level they can play at in college. That's not the case with Murray. He can certainly run the point, but has the explosiveness and size you like at the two-guard as well.
Call him what you want: The guy is a serious ball player and can be an impact guy at virtually any major college he chooses. The Terps are definitely recruiting him hard, but can expect major competition for his services. He's that good.
National Hoops Festival Eval: Jamal Murray
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