After a previous visit to Ann Arbor was postponed due to some car trouble, 2016 Ontario (Can.) Athlete Institute four-star point guard Jamal Murray made it to Michigan’s final regular season game against Indiana on Saturday night.
Coming along with Murray on the trip were both of his parents, his father Roger reflecting on the visit with the Wolverines fondly, watching Coach John Beilein and Michigan celebrate a Big Ten regular season championship at Crisler Center.
“Overall it was a great visit,” Murray’s father said. “It was a great facility.
“Their fans were really good. Their facilities (were the best part).”
Standing 6-foot-4, 195-pounds, Murray plays the role of point guard for his high school team but could project at either guard position at the next level. With the opportunity to watch Michigan’s guards and the Wolverines offensive system up close, the Murray’s came away impressed.
“They have a good team and good rotation right now,” Murray’s father said. “Their communication is a strength even just looking at the bench.”
Talking with his son following the visit, Murray says it was a positive experience.
“His reaction was he enjoyed the game,” Murray’s father said. “It was really good. Michigan came back and hit a couple big shots.
“I think Jamal, he was happy to see it up close and see the facility as well. It was a good game. Overall it was a good experience.”
Once the Big Ten championship celebration came to a close following Michigan’s 84-80 win over Indiana, the Wolverines’ coaching staff had a chance to interact with the Murray’s, making a favorable impression.
“Everybody was great,” Murray’s father said. “Again we’re going (on these visits) to try to see everything like the facilities but we got a good feel from it.
“They’re really good people and they like what they do and it was nice of them to spend so much time walking around. It’s hard to get everything done in a couple hours though.”
Unable to get a better feel for the rest of what Michigan has to offer academically, the Murray’s plan to be back to find out more about the Wolverines.
“Yeah,” Murray’s father said when asked if they’ll make a return trip. “We want to see more of the University. Overall, it was good.”
Murray’s father adding, “We’ll go back and see (more). It was a good experience and great opportunity.”