For 2016 Orangeville (Ontario, Can.) Athlete Institute guard Jamal Murray, the recruiting process is just beginning to take off.
Currently rated a four-star talent, Murray, at 6-foot-5, 190-pounds, is being recruited as a combo guard at the next level, primarily playing point guard for his high school team.
“They’re looking at him as a one or two,” Murray’s father Roger said. “A lot of people haven’t seen him yet though.
“Once they see him I know it’ll be different. “He’s a point guard but you can put him anywhere and he’ll produce, basically.
One school that has been consistently keeping in contact with Murray’s coach is Michigan. Already boasting a Canadian product with Ontario native Nik Stauskas having a stellar sophomore season, Murray admits he’s not all that familiar with the Wolverines.
“I don’t really know much about the program,” he said. “I know they’re pretty good.
“But for Jamal, anywhere he is going we’re looking for him to play and not really to sit; his game is to play. We’re looking for somewhere where he can go in and play.”
In the United States for game action this weekend at La Lumiere (Ind.) School the Murray’s will swing through Ann Arbor to visit Michigan as they host Michigan State at Crisler Center Sunday afternoon.
“This was just kind of on the fly,” Murray said. “Coach told me to call them to get up for the game so this is just on the fly.”
“We want to see how the team is setup, how they run the plays, just seeing how it is there, just to see what the environment is like. I’m not the one playing, he’s playing so.”
“I trained him all his life,” Murray said. “I’d say he doesn’t have much weaknesses. He can get a little more hops probably but he’s just a floor general.
“He can control the floor, shoot from anywhere, pull up and do all the moves you could imagine, has a nice handle.”