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Canadian Stud Jamal Murray Considering Reclassifying to 2015
Like many Canadian stars before him, Jamal Murray is considering reclassifying.
“We’re thinking about it but we haven’t decided yet,” Roger Murray, the player’s father, confirmed to SNY.tv on Monday morning. “It’s on the table but we haven’t decided yet.”
Murray is a 6-foot-4 combo guard from Orangeville Prep in Ontario ranked No. 30 in the Class of 2016 by Scout and No. 19 by Rivals. He probably should be ranked much higher than that.
Murray went for 31 points, including five 3-pointers, and 6 rebounds Saturday night in an 85-71 win over Malik Newman and Callaway (MS) at the Marshall County Hoop Fest in Benton, Ky. Newman went for 42 points in the loss.
Canadian and fellow CIA Bounce stars like Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Dillon Brooks all reclassed because the Canadian educational system differs from the American.
Now Murray could move into 2015 and be on a college campus next fall.
“He can go ’15 but going ’16 would also give him time to work on a lot of stuff and hit the gym a little bit harder,” Roger said. “The thinking behind that also is just to have that year to have that grace period.”
Roger said Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois, Louisville and Oregon were among the schools recruiting Jamal. Illinois coach John Groce and Oregon coach Dana Altman were among those in Benton.
“There were a few schools watching,” Roger said. “Everybody’s in contact but in the spring that’s when I’ll be more active taking a strong approach.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.